Low Blood Sugar And What Not To Eat OR Drink TO Brig It Back Up Fast

By leana1967 Latest Reply 2013-08-06 07:06:23 -0500
Started 2011-07-12 07:46:44 -0500

I am looking for advise on this: my husband had a low sugar reading this am i let him have a tablespoon of peanut butter and a little of our tea with real sugar 68 within 15 minutes i had it up to 74 his normal target range is 80 to 150 and we live in an assisted living facility because of special needs. he was seen drinking the tea by the Staff , they stated he needs to be drinking water to get his sugar up not tea, and to keep from getting dehydrated I agree about the dehydration… but i'm upset because i have been raised around diabetics all my life ; and this is a first for me being told you drink water to bring sugar back up I told them no he could not have water because that would drop it down more, so am i doing wrong all my life i have been told peanut butter or any thing with sugar but I ave never heard that for raising sugar to lower sugar yes but to raise it whats right and what do we not need to eat or drink when your sugar is low ( now they have me concerned and confused ) please advise and or suggest

25 replies

GabbyPA 2013-08-06 07:06:23 -0500 Report

Here is a great discussion on what you should do for a low. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discussions/general/16969-15-15-rule-do-you-know-it
As many have said, water doesn't raise your levels. You are right, so trust what you know. If you want to raise it quick, just use about 15 grams of a fast acting carb like OJ or sugar or glucose tablets. Then once it's going up, you can add the peanut butter or some regular food items to help keep it up and stop the rapid rise.

O'Karen 2011-07-13 22:13:37 -0500 Report

I have a problem with my sugar level dropping because I forget to eat… I just don't feel hungry often. I will suck on a lifesaver mint or a hard candy and it will bring it up fine. My daughter complains, but it works for me!

Enyla 2011-07-13 10:08:22 -0500 Report

Water will take your sugar down, to bring your sugar up is something that is sweet, to bring it up fast drink some orange juice. If he likes tea try some lipton with splenda no calorie sweetener and he can drink all the tea he wants and it will not bring your sugar up or down.

AuntieM234 2011-07-15 14:51:03 -0500 Report

If I drink tea, my RD told me to drink decaffinated, because caffine elevates the sugar in many people. I've confirmed that it does in my case. So, I have to believe if I need to elevate my sugar level I should drink caffinated tea, if I'm going to drink tea. But I wouldn't drink it with regular sugar in it, because I've totally eliminated refined sugar from my diet. I don't know if caffine would raise it fast enough, though. I've also been instructed to drink at lease 8 8oz glasses of water per day to help keep my bs level down.

cavie2 2011-07-13 07:07:04 -0500 Report

I know some people that have a low BS sometimes take water WITH SUGAR IN IT to raise their BS level quickly. Personally I prefer to take some OJ or a few glucose energy tablets. But water on its own does NOT raise the BS one iota.

JoleneAL 2011-07-13 06:36:23 -0500 Report

My MIL is in a rehab, nursing facility from a stroke. I found out the staff was checking her sugar levels 10 minutes after meals and then giving her insulin if she's over 150 (she's not diabetic, but the stroke effects the sugar levels). I stopped one nurse and asked her to wait 2 hours after meals. She said that diabetic protocol - I just raised my hand and showed her my T2 med-alert bracelet and said, "don't go there." The medical staff doesn't care - they are uneducated and clueless. Anyone that is a diabetic, or trained in the field knows water brings levels down - carbs take it up. Do for your husband what YOU know is right.

AuntieM234 2011-07-15 15:10:05 -0500 Report

I agree with you Jolene, 100%, and I know what you mean. When I was having a colonoscopy procedure several months ago, during prep they checked my bs it was 139. I was concerned it was so high, because I had been fasting for 12 hours. The nurse said, "Oh no, that's good!" So I told her I wanted to talk to the Dr, who agreed and allowed me to take one of my pills with a sip of water. The nurses were surgery nurses. They knew nothing, or very little, about Diabetes!

leana1967 2011-07-14 07:30:49 -0500 Report

thank you I will now I had to make sure i thought was right up until yesterday after being raised in a family of diabetics

MrsCDogg 2011-07-14 05:15:45 -0500 Report

Amen JoleneAL! I worked in nursing homes for almost 25 years. Just because someone has the initials LPN or RN behind their name does not mean they know ANYTHING about diabetes. All they do is follow doctors orders (sometimes) and the so-called "protocols". They feed those people who are diabetics meals such as French toast, oatmeal, orange juice and skim milk for breakfast. Then they wonder why the person's bloodsugar is sky high at lunch!! I could go on for hours!

leana1967 2011-07-14 07:21:11 -0500 Report

thank you I am glad there is a place i can turn to for advise i find it comforting to know there is people who know and who care

MrsCDogg 2011-07-13 05:48:54 -0500 Report

I have never heard of drinking water for low blood sugar! To me it just totally doesn't make sense. I use peanutbutter quite often. I will also use something Gummi Bears or hard candy. Even a slice of bread would bring it back up. Glucose tablets are great and you can keep them with you all the time. You just have to be careful and replace them periodically. Really low blood sugar is scary and kind of dangerous.

AuntieM234 2011-07-15 15:20:28 -0500 Report

You're absolutely correct Mrs, and the decision as to what one takes and how much, should be based on how low the level is and how quickly it needs to be raised. My Dr doesn't want my bs to be below 70, so at 68 or 69, I would eat a slice of bread, wait 15 minutes then check it again. However, if it was 60, I would drink 4oz OJ and check it in 7 minutes, etc., until it is in the normal range (for me).

avg 2011-07-12 20:20:46 -0500 Report

I always have glucose tablets all around. On my nightstand, in each vehicle & in purses. They are better to use to bring BG up to normal range if running very low. Chew 1-2 tablets then recheck BS in 45 mins. it should be much improved. Drinking water is good for everyone and it is known that if you have High BS that water drinking is godd. you should drink water instead of any caffeine related products. Also, the sugar will give you a fast High BS but is more difficult to assist in hi BS because it will stay in the body longer. You can get glucose tablets at your local pharmacy near the diabetic supplies. Good Luck

leana1967 2011-07-14 07:23:25 -0500 Report

thank you where can i buy them at

avg 2011-07-15 12:35:06 -0500 Report

Almost any place where you buy diabetic supplies. I buy mine at Walmart or CVS, they are where the lancets are. They come in different flavors. I prefer the tropical flavors. You can buy abig bottle, but I have also bought 3 tubes so I keep 1 tube in each vehicle & 1 in my purse. The bottle I keep on my nightstand next to my glucometer, so that if I wake up not feeling right I chack BS and if need to take a tablet. I woke at 3:30 the other am not right BS was 37 took a tab then, rechecked 1 hr later BS was 55 so I took one more tab & was fine after that. Orange juice or hi carb or sugar give us very fast highs but become more difficult to control after taking them. Good Luck to youand let me know how you are doing.

granniesophie 2011-07-12 15:17:44 -0500 Report

I'd heard water to bring down your BS. You need something with carbs to bring it back up to a normal reading, and water doesn't have carbs. Probably some fast acting carbs are best, maybe have some glucose tabs or gel around for the lows.
I don't understand why they told you water is best, and I think you'd probably want to speak to the doctor sooner than later and find out what he thinks so you'll know for sure.