Glucose Tablets(what's the best thing to carry for lows)

By daydreamer630 Latest Reply 2012-03-29 00:58:28 -0500
Started 2011-08-01 19:21:31 -0500

My doctors' always tell me to use "fast acting carbs" for lows. When they begin listing things i should try, Glucose Tablets always come up.

To make my point let me tell you about my day. You see, i was in quite a predicament, my BG( blood glucose) went to 62 ( i have epilepsy so lows are very dangerous) and i felt okay to handle it because my tabs were with me. i took several to no avail so then, after that i tried glucose gel. Nothing! i began to get scared because i used up my reserves earlier in the day and had nothing else with me and it would be at least an hour before i could get my hands on anything else. Finally after 30 minutes it came up to 89(target being 110) so i felt i was in the clear. Yet, by the time i got home it was back down to 69.

So this is my question to my fellow Diabetic Connectors, am i the only one experiencing this? I mean, what is the best thing to carry because it's not like i can tote around a bottle of honey or juice all day every day. What works for you to have on hand for those nasty lows?

25 replies

Type1Lou 2011-08-20 15:40:03 -0500 Report

I just discovered that I was using the wrong kinds of carbs to deal with my lows. DOH! You'd think after 35 years as a diabetic I would know what to do. I treated a recent low of 48 by eating a 24 gram of carb Kashi bar; 30 minutes later, my BG was only up to 50 so I ate another Kashi bar and had a cup of milk. Well, 3 hours later, my BG was 290 and I struggled all day to get it back down. Kash/granola/cereali bars are not a good treatment for low BG's because they are high fiber and absorbed more slowly by your body I SHOULD have taken glucose tabs (which I HATE) or some glucose gel or Gluco Shot which is a liquid. Some candy bars and chocolate or cookies and pastry are also not the best thing to take because of the absorption rate…it goes into your stomach and must be broken down…the gluco gel and gluco liquid begin to be absorbed when they are still in your mouth or being swallowed. I guess that's why they are called "Fast Acting Carbs". Now I know better what to do. Luckily though, I haven't had to deal with another scary low yet!

olefart2 2011-08-20 16:05:09 -0500 Report

Try a SMALL little debbie oatmeal cream cookie 23 carbs

Type1Lou 2011-08-20 16:50:51 -0500 Report

Not all carbs are created equal when it comes to treating a low BG. I've had way too many BG roller coaster rides because I was using the wrong kinds of carbs. I suspect that the cream filling in the cookie is fast-acting but that the cookie, itself, is slower acting…but, if it works for you, go for it!…and thanks for your suggestion.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-12 10:13:11 -0500 Report

I use glucose tabs. Can get them really cheap on sale at Rite Aid. They seem to be the MOST effective. Just be sure to eat something shortly afterwords or you can get a heck of a headache!

1lady4 2011-08-12 10:05:25 -0500 Report

Glucose Tablets tastes soooooo good I could eat the whole bottle lol but that would be a bad idea lol I also eat M&M's anything sweet to treat my sugar low or a small half glass of milk

purple1900 2011-08-03 19:52:57 -0500 Report

peanut butter works for me I eat it with a spoon When I am out and need something quick I get a soda usually mt dew

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three putt 2011-08-02 07:59:28 -0500 Report

Recently I have to deal with alot of low blood sugar incidents. The worst one happened on the way to the doctors office to check my a1c. I felt it coming on (2:30 pm) and stopped and got a candy bar and a gatorade. When I got to the office I felt a little better. The doctor called me the next day and told me my a1c was 9 but what concerned him was the 37 blood sugar reading. I was taking a 70/30 mix but now I have humalog and nph and I am trying to change numbers to find the right mix..It is very hard. I find that reg soda works good..The carb tablets take about 15 mins.

edvel54 2011-08-01 22:29:19 -0500 Report

I find that a banana works well for me. I have also use orange juice, regular soda, couple piece of hard candy. I was told by a diabetic educator that frosting works great. Especially for some one that is incoherent

nanaellen 2011-08-01 21:56:04 -0500 Report

Frosting gel … you know the kind you decorate a cake with??? It's cheap, it's small so it fits most anywhere AND here's the best part…it tastes good!! You can get your favorite flavor!! LOL Just a finger full can get you through till you can get something else!! Good Luck on the lows. Ellen :)

jayabee52 2011-08-01 22:57:54 -0500 Report

just don't use the red or blue colors. If you're facing a paramedic, red, on your finger will look like you're bleeding. Blue on your finger looks like you have a low oxygen situation.

alanbossman 2011-08-01 21:15:00 -0500 Report

I use the glucose tabs also they do work slower, I do have a insulated cup that I sometimes take with me on short trips, I put orange juice in it. Orange juice works real fast for me.

keek 2011-08-01 20:43:42 -0500 Report

Hey Daydreamer,
You have to find what works best for you. All of my doctors have always recommended glucose tabs as well. For most of my diabetic life (14 of 1 6 years) the tablets worked. Recently, I have found that a liquid raises my sugar MUCH faster than the tablets. If I drink juice (or soda) my sugar starts to rise in 15 minutes, if I eat a glucose tablet I don't see a result for at least 45 minutes.
Glucose tablets are much more convenient (smaller, lighter, no shelf life), but they react slowly in my body.
Good luck finding out what works for you!

JoleneAL 2011-08-02 10:15:17 -0500 Report

I started buying the glucose liquids that are ususally on the shelf next to the tablets and they are 15 grams of fast carbs and work just like if I'd drank some OJ.

mommafish 2011-08-01 20:03:26 -0500 Report

What meds are u on? I hear people on here carry juice boxes around with them for when the lows hit

Marytea 2011-08-02 09:09:53 -0500 Report

Small juice boxes work great for me. I was told to be sure the juice box had no more than15g carbs for every 4 ounces. Hansen's Junior organic apple juices work well.