Keep a Stash of "Rescue" Foods Ready

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-04-02 06:45:00 -0500
Started 2011-03-29 18:00:49 -0500

If you are at a risk for dangerous low blood sugar, keep foods that raise your blood sugar quickly in an easily accessed place so you (or someone else) can find them for an emergency.
These might include a bottle of juice, like orange juice, hard candies or glucose tablets.

29 replies

Carol Butler
Carol Butler 2011-04-01 13:12:19 -0500 Report

I carry jelly beans in the car. No fat, about 6-8 jelly beans will do it. I buy a flavor I do not like at all. That way I am not temped to eat them other than when need.. I have also been know to grab a Peppermint patty..They make small ones..

northerngal 2011-03-31 09:14:18 -0500 Report

I carry skittles. They last forever, in any kind of temperatures, have no fat, and you can eat as many as needed and save the rest. Much cheaper and better tasting than glucose tablets. I keep some in the center console of my vehicle, always handy when needed. They also come in multiple flavors so you can find a variety you like.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-31 08:58:07 -0500 Report

Besides always having some almonds and jelly beans on hand, I carry a protein bar or two in my purse. The bars have a good balance of carbs and protein. So far they have rescued me several times.

melissa5786 2011-03-31 08:12:35 -0500 Report

I carry glucose tablets in my purse and some small snack at all times. My mother even carries tablets on her, so that if we're with me she has them handy and doesn't have to dump my stuff out to get me something.

jlively1 2011-03-31 14:09:16 -0500 Report

That's what I do too. I also have just regular snacks because sometimes I just need to eat something every few hours to prevent my blood sugar from falling. I only carry the "hard" stuff for emergencies.

poppey 2011-03-30 22:33:24 -0500 Report

I carry lifesaver in my purse and in the my car. My kids and husband know where I keep them, just in case. Never know, and I've had some close calls, I even have the glucose tablets as well. I have to keep buying the bags of lifesavers, kids know where I keep them. I always make sure I have a bottle water with me when my sugar is to high. I get really thirsty.

Nana Jt
Nana Jt 2011-03-30 13:04:17 -0500 Report

I usually use peanut butter cups, only one, just to get my sugar up fast(the chocolate) and the peanut butter to sustain the sugar till I can get someplace to eat something. Its not good to carry in your purse but does help.

nanaellen 2011-03-30 17:44:36 -0500 Report

YYYUUUUMMMM!!! But just so you know, chocolate does not put sugar into your system QUICKLY so you have to be careful of that! Try the frosting gel it gets into your system FAST AND it tastes good too! Plus, doesn't protein in the peanut butter make the sugar absorb even MORE slowly?? Just a thought! Ellen

GabbyPA 2011-04-02 06:45:00 -0500 Report

I have to agree here. Chocolate is not a best choice for getting out of a low. It can be used to maybe prevent a low from happening, but as for climbing out of a downward spiral, fast acting pure sugars are best. That is why liquids and quick melting types of sugars tend to be best.

Nana Jt
Nana Jt 2011-03-30 22:09:51 -0500 Report

Don't know was told by a Dr at the clinic where I worked. I have noticed that it has worked some for me but he is not a diabetic Dr. So I dont know if it is completely true. The tube of frosting sounds completely scrumpous and easy too but the grandkids go thru my purse. Might not be there for long.

GabbyPA 2011-03-30 10:05:01 -0500 Report

I have some glucose tabs in my purse, but I suppose I should get some in other places that I am regularly at. Like my car. Do the glucose tabs hold up in the heat of a car?

northerngal 2011-03-31 09:19:24 -0500 Report

They'll hold up, but they do have an expiration date. Keep an eye on it because heat will definately shorten that. As I wrote earlier, Skittles are perfect. Keep them in my pocket and in vehicle. Don't melt and doesn't matter when they freeze because they'll warm in your mouth. That suggestion was from an Endocrinologist who knows a thing or two about it.

MewElla 2011-03-30 13:15:30 -0500 Report

I have a roll of the tabs in my car and I live in Texas, gets mighty hot and so far, they are just fine.

jayabee52 2011-03-30 10:39:04 -0500 Report

They seem to be OK when I looked at them the other day. They've been in the glove box for about 2 yrs. Maybe I ought to do a test, with a fasting BG and then take another reading @ 15 min, like we're supposed to use them. Unfortunately they're in a ziplock bag so no instructions on how many to take or how to use them. Jem put them there not long after we got that car.

northerngal 2011-03-31 09:26:31 -0500 Report

Just for info. The tabs do spoil and test more than 15minutes afterwards. It takes longer than that to get into your system since it needs to be digested first. If you are low, you'll feel if they are working (just don't want to get sick if they are out of date). You are in an extreme environment, so I'd replace them. Generally, readings under 80 need four to five of them. There aren't that many carbs in each one. I keep Skittles. Full sun for hours it can be over 130degrees. They stick together a little, but don't melt. Much cheaper and last forever! Eat as many as you need, save the rest. I refill the container as needed. Works great.

squog master
squog master 2011-04-01 08:07:45 -0500 Report

OK. Science w/Squog Master time. Did you know that if you put skittles & m&ms in a little cup & cover them w/water, the S or M will float off. Takes about 3-5 mins. It's true! Can you imagine all those Ses & Ms we have floating around in our stomachs! LOL =}

nanaellen 2011-03-30 09:58:58 -0500 Report

I had a diabetic instructor tell me to carry a small tube of the gel frosting (you know the kind to decorate cakes) it absorbs into your system fast , it's easy to carry and even if you can't EAT you can still get sugar quick this way with one little squeeze!!! Besides it just tastes good!! :)

LindaMcCravy 2011-03-30 16:09:42 -0500 Report

That actually sounds like a really good idea. They are small enough to fit in with a blood glucose meter. I will try this. I usually don't pack snack with me.

LabRat90 2011-03-30 16:02:17 -0500 Report

I had a diabetic instructor to tell me the same thing. Even if you can't eat or drink, someone could squeeze it in between your lip and front teeth and it will adsorb into your bloodstream. Just don't get the red one, the EMT's will think you've been bleeding.

jayabee52 2011-03-30 09:51:10 -0500 Report

I have those little boxes of juice in my car for such emergencies. I aldo have the glucotabs in my glove compartment.

I've tried keeping package of Skittles around the house, but unfortunately they have been calling out to me. (I've been bad!)

LindaMcCravy 2011-03-30 16:10:50 -0500 Report

Don't feel bad if I keep real candy with me I am bound to eat it. Weather or not my sugar is low. Just because it is there. :-)

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-29 19:37:31 -0500 Report

I've got little stashes all over my house, in my purse and in the car for emergencies even though I'm not prone to lows. I figure it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

I actually went out and bought a bigger purse so I can have extra snacks and water and my meter in my possession at all times when I'm not in the house.

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