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How do you treat lows?
2 months ago  ::  Nov 01, 2014 - 7:55PM #14
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Eating better will help control the fluctuations of your blood glucose levels, and in turn reduce the amount of insulin you need. Simple Carbs are mostly sugar anyways, and the less sugar in your diet the better!

2 months ago  ::  Oct 30, 2014 - 3:50PM #13
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I need help with this scenario:  I'm about to sit down to enjoy a good, low-carb meal, but my meal is late and my BG is about 50.  Now what?  If I eat as planned, it'll take about an hour until I feel well.  If I take a fast-acting sugar, it may not be absorbed quickly if I eat at the same time.  Do I take a fast-acting sugar and wait 15 minutes before I eat my meal?  Kind of a bummer if I'm at a restaurant with company and my food is getting cold.  Thanks for any replies/answers!

2 months ago  ::  Oct 16, 2014 - 8:20AM #12
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I got with banas, apples and milk because - just like you mentioned - it's tasty, easy to obtain and works fast. Truth is I keep some sugar cubes in my bag and even in my jacket's pocket but that's just in case of emergency. But I suppose you can never be too careful.

2 months ago  ::  Oct 13, 2014 - 6:04PM #11
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With these high levels - insulin! Is her doctor aware of how high her blood sugar is? She is at risk of ketoacidosis and should check for ketones. You can buy ketone test strips at any pharmacy without a prescription. She should pee on the strip and if it changes colors she needs to speak to a doctor asap. If it turns purple she needs to go to the hospital. The headache and uncomfortable stomach are signs that she may be developing ketoacidosis and that is NOT good. When all this settles down she MUST make arrangements to work on her diabetes issues with an endocrinologist. A general practitioner is not sufficient with these high levels.

4 months ago  ::  Sep 08, 2014 - 12:25AM #10
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After much trial and error, I have found that skittles are the best way to combat low blood sugar with almost exact math.  Each skittle is 1 GC (gram carb) and for me 1 GC, bring up my BS 3.  So if I am at 50 and want to get to 80, I eat 10 skittles (10(skittles) x 3 (# per 1GC)=30). Its almost perfect science.  Also, skittles have a little bit of fat in them so they keep your BS where you have brought it up to and dont drop back down like some other high sugar candies ie gummi bears etc.

I hope this helps, I used to ravage my whole fridge until i felt the feeling of the low subside.  Now, I know exactly what to do.  You can even pre-portion them so whe you are really low and disoriented it is easier to do the math.

11 months ago  ::  Feb 05, 2014 - 11:35AM #9
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I've had t1d for 41 years.  When I was a kid and experienced lows, I ate anything and everything in the refrigerator or cabinet I could find to nosh on until the hypoglycemic symptoms subsided!  Along the way I learned how wrong THAT was!  I have been using glucose tablets for years.  i should own stock in the manufacturing companies since I go through them so quickly! Recently, I've found that glucose tablets don't work very well, nor very quickly.  I can't figure out why they aren't raising my blood sugar very well when needed even though I take enough to raise it to 100!  I have resorted to using juices that are sold in those teeny packs, ea. box has about 15g CHO.  If I am going to continue being active afterwards, I drink two of them and add a protein such as a cheese stick or a spoonful of nut butter.  Sometimes I get it right.  Sometimes I don't.  Glucose tablets work sometimes, sometimes they don't.  I've got to say that is a recent change.  It used to be very predictable using glucose tablets when needed.  If bg was in the 40s' or 50's I'd take about 3 or four tablets and I'd be back up to 100 or higher.  Not so anymore.  Yet if I take 1 when I'm in the 65+ range, bg will shoot up to 130 or 140!  I think it's crazy.  Probably hormone related.  I'm in the age range for hormone fluctuations..... 

1 year ago  ::  Dec 07, 2013 - 2:47PM #8
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I use glucose tabs when I am below 60, and some candy when 60-80. I carry a tube of glucose tabs everywhere I go, and I have a tube at arms reach at night. I like jelly beans if my low is not below 60, they work very fast. A glucose tab usually raises my BG about 15 points, so I can determine how many tabs I need to raise my BG to about 100. That is how I avoid a high BG after treating a low.

1 year ago  ::  Dec 06, 2013 - 2:36PM #7
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Glucous tablet user here. I have also used juice or fresh fruit to bring mine up depending on how low it was at the time. Once in a great while I will have some candy, but I find when I do that, I spike, then fall again. So that isn't an option to often.


1 year ago  ::  Dec 05, 2013 - 9:57AM #6
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Type 1 30 Yrs. In my earlier years with Diabetes I would treat my lows with Cookies Soda candy and Just about anything loaded with sugar, and of course I would spike real high afterwards because I didn’t understand counting Carbs and what I should be using to treat my lows. What works best for me now is 100% real juice, Grape is my best weapon. Now that I have an Insulin Pump and CGM I can see my lows coming so I'm better prepared to treat, and I now know how many Carbs to consume so that I want yo yo up and down. Take care of yourself and test often !     Ronbo

2 years ago  ::  May 15, 2013 - 5:12AM #5
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I drink orange juice or if not that I eat glucose biscuits. Even banana is a good choice.

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