low sugar

By bleonard13 Latest Reply 2011-09-07 09:32:16 -0500
Started 2011-09-05 09:10:18 -0500

ok i need some help the other night i was rushed to the er because my sugar dropped i could not wake up when i got there they checked my sugar it was at 71 i know that is not that low but i left with it 72 what is the safest way to get my sugar up to a normal range

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NavyNerd 2011-09-06 22:41:47 -0500 Report

I use juiceboxes. 1 exchange, enough to get my sugar up fast, and portable/able to keep in a bed table drawer with my meter. I had an almost ER visit, though when my sugars tank my BP goes WAYYYYYY up, and I probably would have stroked out before I got there without a quick call to my mom. She said juice, now. So I got into the kids school juicebox supply and within 5 to 10 minutes my BP was almost normal (it had been 160+/120) and my sugar was 70 up from 53.

Type1Lou 2011-09-05 09:19:17 -0500 Report

When your BG starts to dip in the low ranges you should eat a FAST-ACTING carb like glucose gel, glucose tablets or gluco-shot (a liquid). Ordinary table sugar dissolved in water can also work in a pinch. Canned frosting and OJ are also effective. The key is for the carb to be fast-acting. I made the mistake for years of treating lows with foods that had slower acting carbs like granola bars, cookies and some candy. The glucose in them takes longer to be absorbed so you don't get your BG levels back up as quick as you need to, (which lead me to eat more and eventually going sky-high with the BG, kinda like being on a roller coaster…but in this case, less than thrilling). I learned this in July when I too wound up in the ER with a BG of 28! A pharmacist cousin was visiting at the time and she explained that anything you eat that has to go into your stomach to be broken down will take longer to absorb. She suggested the gel or liquid since it begins to be absorbed while still in your mouth. Good luck!

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