what is a "safe" snack for emergencies

By heathersdesigns Latest Reply 2016-03-06 09:57:34 -0600
Started 2011-07-10 21:03:55 -0500

Since my ordeal today I am kind of wandering what kind of safe snack I can eat for bringing up my sugar fast. Today it dropped from 132 to 77 in 20 minutes. I got real shakey, clammy and pale. I was scared. It got me to think about it all the more, if this happens when I am out somewhere what should I do for quick relief, so to speak?

27 replies

tabby9146 2011-07-17 20:20:19 -0500 Report

Skittles are a good thing, those small juice boxes, and I always have the glucose tablets with me, bought a roll of them (watermelon flavor) 2 1/2 years ago, have only used about 4 of them. They don't taste bad at all. I read that chocolate isn't really good for bringing up BS fast don't know for sure.

jayabee52 2011-07-17 20:27:11 -0500 Report

Chocolate is OK in a pinch, but the fat in the chocolate slows the digestion of the sugars and doesn't bring up the BG levels as quickly as some other things you could consume

Poppop1961 2011-07-13 20:10:29 -0500 Report

I don't get like that till my levels get below 50. I carry a toob of mini m&m's. I found they work very fast.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2011-07-13 16:04:57 -0500 Report

I like to keep a gronola bar in my purse. It seems to have just enough sugar in it to bring my blood sugar back to where it should be without spiking high.

carithers 2011-07-12 12:37:50 -0500 Report

Hello a half a can of soda works well for me. I wait 15 mins theb test my sugar again. and drink more if I need it.

Type1Lou 2011-07-12 08:57:10 -0500 Report

In a bind, get sugar packets and stir them in water and drink. I try to carry glucose tabs but don't really like them…raisins are also a good source of natural sugar and come in those handy small snack boxes. I remember someone suggesting that a spoonful of canned frosting is also good if you have it handy (and it doesn't make you gag.) I like the idea of the honey packets mentioned by DesertRoze below.

DesertRoze 2011-07-12 02:30:55 -0500 Report

I keep little honey packets in my purse for emergencies only… And then do my very best to eat a better meal or snack with protein as soon as possible.

NavyNerd 2011-07-11 19:30:04 -0500 Report

I use juice boxes most often- usually 1/2 to 1 exchange in a small box, just enough to get me up to normal fast.. my mom suggested them to me once over glucose tabs, and for me they hit my system faster. I carry 6 oz juice boxes in my car, keep them at home, even have one in my purse. I have gluco-gel stashed places too though. And my favorite at the garden is a power bar- it hits fast and forces me to sit for a bit to eat it.

George1947 2011-07-11 18:06:09 -0500 Report

I use the single serving boxes of raisins because I can carry them everywhere and they don't need to be stored in any kind of special container. They also last a very long time so they won't go bad quickly.

leana1967 2011-07-11 12:04:12 -0500 Report

the peanut butter was the first thing that came to my mind i have to hold it under my tongue for a couple seconds

jladytiger1979 2011-07-11 11:57:13 -0500 Report

juice #1, granola bar when I FIRST feel the signs to stop it. If I make a booboo and way far gone I have Rite Aid glucose tabs. You can get them on sale cheap, they taste good & work REALLY fast. I used to use them when I was starting out with diabetes. I would eat WAY to many carbs, take my med and start for that crash (ya'll know it. It feels the same way and your blood sugar bottoming out) and I would chew one of those tabs and it would stabilize me. I just don't do that anymore!

debmauldin 2011-07-11 09:13:58 -0500 Report

Juice works for me; grape juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, and apple juice are my usual. I haven't gotten around to trying the glucose tablets or liquid. My level usually always drops in the morning around 9:30 - 10:00am.

JoleneAL 2011-07-11 09:02:48 -0500 Report

I know grapes work for me; but I never go anywhere without glucose tablets or liquid. I have them all over the house and at work.

jayabee52 2011-07-10 21:44:55 -0500 Report

Hey heather! A safe snack for raising your BG levels is anything which can bring up your levels quickly. Glucose tabs would perhaps be the best because it is something which is measurable. You can eat 3 or 4 tabs (look on the label to determine what amount of glucose each tab contains) and eat 15 grams of the glucose, wait 15 minutes and test again. If your BG has not come up to acceptable levels then repeat the cycle till it does come up. You do that so you don't get on the Blood Glucose roller coaster.

But 77 is not that low. Generally speaking, lows are considered to be 60 or below. If you have been high for a while your body gets used to the high readings, and when you get toward "normal" range, you will get the feeling of a low, when you're really not. The best thing to do there is not to treat yourself for a low, but to test your BG levels every half to one hour so you do not get too low, but you get used to the lowered BG levels.



VaHermit 2011-07-10 21:27:43 -0500 Report

I have been where you are…for me Chocolate milk works…it brings up your blood sugar about as fast as OJ but lasts longer. Keep Peanut butter with you and eat milk and a Tbs of PB that should tide you over until you can eat a meal. BTW 77 is not too low. I realize it scared you but don't over treat it will cause you to get on a roller coaster of very high and very low BGs. I went a month with very few above 110 and in the beginning anything under 120 gave me the shakes, sweats, pale and clammy feelings. For your sugar to drop so quickly I am thinking you ate too little and high protein. I keep chewable hard candy or glucose tablets in my bag but go easy as they can also spike your blood sugar. Good wishes coming your way…

heathersdesigns 2011-07-10 21:31:09 -0500 Report

Thanks so much.. For me 77 is low I was in the high 400's and 500's, I am just starting all of this so I can imagine it will take some time to level out. I love peanut butter so that wont be a problem THANKS so much for the tips :0} Have a good evening

tweetydele 2011-07-11 22:32:11 -0500 Report

anything 70 or lower is bad for me. i get the shakes my tongue goes numb and i get sweaty and hard for me to walk. my bs usually runs b tween 90 and 125. and i sure know when it is dropping with out testing. yes terday i ate me some grapes and a piece of watermelon helped bring it up i havent tried the pb but will do that next time thanks

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