Lady V - 28604
By Lady V - 28604 Latest Reply 2009-01-26 19:40:23 -0600
Started 2009-01-26 14:11:09 -0600

what is the best candy to carry in case you blood sugar starts to drop?

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SkipT 2009-01-26 19:40:23 -0600 Report

It doesn't have to be a candy bar. Here is a recommended treatment.


Immediately eat or drink something containing "quick acting" sugar. Some possibilities are:

* 1/2 to 3/4 cup fruit juice
* 1/2 to 3/4 cup regular soda pop
* 2-3 teaspoons sugar
* 10 gumdrops
* 5-7 lifesavers
* 2 tablespoons of raisins
* over-the-counter sugar tablets or gel

If your symptoms do not disappear in 15 minutes and/or your blood sugar remains less than 80, repeat the treatment. Repeat every 15 minutes until the blood sugar is greater than 80.

If a reaction occurs at a time when you do not plan to eat your next meal or snack for more than 30 minutes, eat food containing starch and protein after you have taken a "quick acting" sugar source and begin to feel better. Foods containing starch and protein are necessary to help prevent another reaction.

Examples of appropriate snacks may be:

* 6 saltine crackers
* 3 graham crackers
* 1/2 meat sandwich
* 1 slice toast and 1/2 cup milk
* 1 cup milk

The food eaten for a reaction need not be subtracted from a meal plan.

Obtain a blood sugar when symptoms occur if you are able. If symptoms are severe, treat the reaction first and then obtain a blood sugar. Do not drive nor operate equipment if you feel your blood sugar is low.

If your blood sugar drops low enough for you to become unconscious, you must be taken to the hospital and/or treated with glucagon.

Glucagon is a hormone that causes the blood sugar to rise. It can only be given by injection. It is used to treat a low blood sugar if a person becomes semi-conscious or unconscious due to a severe low blood sugar. Please ask your nurse for instruction on glucagon. Your doctor will need to write a prescription for glucagon so you can have it available at home.

Anonymous 2009-01-26 18:52:29 -0600 Report

I carry snack size candy bar( I like Baby Ruth) and I also have gummi bears at home, plus cherry coke.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-26 14:18:54 -0600 Report

If I don't have my gluclose Injection which I try to carry at all times, I have liquid gluclose I suck on from the tube. I also have small white decorater tube of icing in my glove compartment, it is small and I can also hide it in my socks too…Debe

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