Good foods for bringing up a low bs?

By funnygirl98 Latest Reply 2014-07-21 09:48:02 -0500
Started 2014-06-13 12:54:16 -0500

I'm type 2 hypoglycemic diabetic and I'm just wondering what would be some good foods to carry with me in the case I would have a low to bring back up my blood sugars fast? Any suggestions or ideas… this topic kinda stumps me.

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robinsab 2014-06-18 23:37:29 -0500 Report

I've been type 1 for 31 years and my best recommendation is for a quick grab use glucose tablets. Candies and the such will bring your sugar up but due to the processed sugars you'll be more likely to drop again more quickly. My best recommendation is a juice box and peanut butter crackers they sell in a 6-pack. The carbs and protein will work will to elevate your sugar and then keep it up. Any opportunity you can mix a carb with a protein the better off you'll be.

wasted.wonder 2014-06-18 18:04:27 -0500 Report

In case of a low i just have a look at myself, coz my doc says I am the sweetest thing around. LOL kidding. ; ))

I carry boiled sugar candies. Take care and have fun.

haoleboy 2014-06-16 00:10:28 -0500 Report

For the first year after diagnosis I carried a bag of Jolly Ranchers in my car. Never used them and ended up throwing them away.
In 7 years I have never had a low that I was aware of ,,, is that odd?


GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:32:37 -0500 Report

I never had a low until I started insulin. I have only had two, but I was glad I had my stuff. You never know. I helped a cashier one day at my grocery store with some tablets. She hadn't gone on a break and she was feeling bad. So while my lows are not common, I can have something for someone else who might be in need.

Glucerna 2014-06-16 21:18:32 -0500 Report

You're right that it's always better to be prepared for a low, just in case. Insulin, especially fast-acting insulin, or sulfonylureas (glipizide, glyburide, glimipiride) are known to potentially cause hypoglycemia. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-06-15 10:13:26 -0500 Report

I carry glucose tablets with me because they are counted out in carbs and the heat of a summer here doesn't bother them in my purse. You can also carry a pack of life savers, but they tend to get sticky. The sugar packet that Anonymous mentioned are easy to carry too.

You also want to make sure you are aware of the 15/15 rule. so you don't over dose your low with too many carbs.

RebDee 2014-06-15 07:09:33 -0500 Report

Would someone send me instructions on how to start a discussion of my own?

funnygirl98 2014-06-15 11:20:24 -0500 Report

RebDee to start ur own discussion click on ur home pade discussions and in the upper right corner there is a green button that says start a discussion click on that and u will get the form to fill out on what u want to discuss;-)

GabbyPA 2014-06-15 10:16:16 -0500 Report

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RebDee 2014-06-15 19:06:03 -0500 Report

Thanks to funnygirl98 and Gabby for their help in teaching me how to post my own discussion.

Anonymous 2014-06-14 22:40:00 -0500 Report

While participating in a class for newly diagnosed diabetics, the teacher was showing me how to take my blood sugar reading. She was horrified when a reading of 49 appeared. She told me that the fastest way to bring up sugar was to pour a packet of sugar under my tongue. That dissolved and entered my body sublingually which was the fastest way. After two packets, my sugar was up to 74.

funnygirl98 2014-06-15 11:22:17 -0500 Report

ty I will try this next time my bs drops low I appreciate all the support and suggestions I've been recieving;-)

RebDee 2014-06-15 07:12:48 -0500 Report

Try glucose chewable tablets. I keep them in my purse at all times for just in case reasons. I don't like the idea of sugar packets but since the glucose tables are found in the pharmacy in the drugs department, I feel that it is a medication and not just sugar (which I don't keep in my home for fear I might use it.)

Glucerna 2014-06-15 16:37:14 -0500 Report

That's a great plan RebDee. The glucose tablets taste OK, but not good enough so they're tempting to eat when you don't need them. ~Lynn @Glucerna

correctionsnurse1 2014-06-14 19:38:10 -0500 Report

I carry a tube of icing if I have a low (which is not often). Very good way to bring BS up quickly.

funnygirl98 2014-06-15 11:23:09 -0500 Report

ty I will get me some ;-)

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:34:12 -0500 Report

Just get a flavor that won't turn your mouth blue. LOL

jayabee52 2014-06-16 11:49:57 -0500 Report

Yep having your mouth turn blue is a sign of hypoxia (low Blood oxygen) and could lead any paramedics called on scene down the wrong diagnosis path. Come to think of it red is not such a good color to have also.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-14 15:09:47 -0500 Report

I always carry the glucose tablet Reli on. I get them at Walmart, or also at Walgreens drug store. You can get it in liquid form also. My favorite flavor is the grape. I know some people can't drink orange juice, but I always keep some in my fridge at home. Also in the past before I found out about the glucose tab and I was desperate. I found that canned fruit with the sweet syrup helped, especially canned peaches. Now I prefer the glucose tab and/or orange juice.

AAHN 2014-06-14 08:06:43 -0500 Report

The sour balls candy I get from Giant grocery store are my go to. I was so afraid at work this week. Before lunch ms BG was 97. I'm new at doing insulin and I knew I could be very wrong on judging the amount of insulin I used but I wanted so badly that me sugar not rise more than 40 after lunch that I took the 9 or 10 units of Humelog against my own instincts of thinking this is too much for the approx. 25 carbs along with my tuna salad. Not even an hour went by that I felt weird. I tried hang on but I finally took my BG and it was 73. I ask my co-worker for some of her sofa; it was about a cup and ate one sour ball… took my BG again and it was 135…maybe a little too high but I felt soo much better. I would normally just have the sour ball candy but I was scared and asked my co-worker for some of her soda

diabeetle 2014-06-13 22:32:33 -0500 Report

Personally I carry around fruit leathers, tablets, and fruit snacks. They are quick, easy, and I like to vary from tablets and the fruit snacks becuase the powdery texture and taste of tablets can get gross. Hope I could help!

IamBubbely 2014-06-13 19:42:44 -0500 Report

a piece of chocolate candy…

jayabee52 2014-06-13 23:08:30 -0500 Report

if you are thinking, Bubbles, of this as a go to solution for a hypo, think again. It would be slower to raise one's BG level because the fat in the chocolate slows down digestion of the chocolate and therefore slows the BG from coming up. If that was ALL that is available it would be better than nothing.

Simple carbs and straight sugars will work the best.

Grimpy56 2014-06-13 19:27:36 -0500 Report

funnygirl98 some times it is hard to have food on hand for those low blood sugars so I carry a bottle of glucose tablets. I get a bottle of 50 for about 5 to 6 dollars at Walmart. Also there is a paste or liquid type but I prefer the tablets 3 or 4 wait 15 minutes check BS do it again if needed then eat a meal

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-13 18:28:10 -0500 Report

I never leave home without Levelife. It comes in little packets that will not burst in my purse. I also carry real hard candy. In the winter I carry mini chocolate bars.

simonizer77 2014-06-13 16:21:09 -0500 Report

I've seen yes, and no to orange juice/oranges. I've been told O.J. is good to bring up BS by E.R. staff, endo, and my primary doctor. Oranges can be tricky as each type can very in sugar content. Glucose tabs are a good option to have on hand too.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-13 18:26:58 -0500 Report

I am one of the ones who cannot use orange juice to bring up a low. My body metabolizes the juice to fast and spikes my blood sugar.

jayabee52 2014-06-13 16:45:28 -0500 Report

oranges also contain the natural fiber which delays the digestion of the carbs in the orange.

In fact before I was aware i wasn't supposed to eat oranges when on dialysis, I would buy a bag of those small "clementines" and enjoy them for breakfast and had little problem with my BG levels..

Mary Tarinelli
Mary Tarinelli 2014-06-13 15:47:30 -0500 Report

You could carry Reli On Glucose tablets from Wal-Mart. They are cheap, and come in different flavors. or some hard candies, just let them melt in your mouth. Be sure to pull over if you're feeling fuzzy, we wouldn't want any accidents

neverlowbg 2014-06-13 15:18:43 -0500 Report

Glucose tabs always with me I have only had one low couple weeks ago because I are less carbs than I bolus I dropped to 50 that time I had a Pepsi first soda I've had in YEARS. I don't even drink diet cause if it can clean my car battery I don't need it lol, but in 15 min was back to normal and it tasted nasty so I Cary the glucose tabs now hopefully never have to use them

wraithmb 2014-06-13 14:08:00 -0500 Report

I buy the dex4 glucose tabs by the 50's and refill the 10 packs and keep 1 in my pocket, 1 at home, and 1 in my vehicle along with a handful of granola bars that I take with me. It has quite seriously saved my "south 40" several times just in the last month.

Type1Lou 2014-06-13 14:02:09 -0500 Report

Not all carbs are created equal…A fast-acting carb is what you need to eat to get your BG back up the fastest. I always carry glucose tablets but I hate them, so, these are my alternatives: jelly beans (about 11 Jelly Bellies = 15 grams) or raisins (one small 1 ounce box has 22 grams of carb). What does not work fast are treats like cookies, cakes, pastries or candy bars because the fat content slows the absorption of glucose into your system…I learned that the hard way with several visits to the ER in my earlier years with diabetes.

DiabeticRodent 2014-06-13 13:46:52 -0500 Report

stay away from sugars and stuff like chocolates and orange juice. Chocolate is a long slow rise in blood sugars anyways. They make little drinks (looks like 5 hour energy bottles) that are 15g of fast acting glucose. I know WalMart sells them but I am not sure what you have access too store wise. There are also little gel packets from level life (not sure of the website) that are pretty darn tatsy and don't take up a lot of space in your bag. Travelling with all the gear a diabetic needs can be a pain…but I like to make it feel like I am prepared to help anyone, not just myself when it comes to snacks and first aid. Just a few thoughts. :)

Glucerna 2014-06-13 13:28:24 -0500 Report

Ideally you want something that digests quickly to bring your blood sugar level up fast. 15 grams of carbohydrate is often recommended, with the goal to test, consume 15g of carbohydrate, wait 15 minutes and retest. Glucose tabs are easy to carry and digest quickly. Any type of fruit juice or even regular soda (not sugar-free) will also work. Chocolate candy doesn't digest as quickly because of a higher fat content. ~Lynn @Glucerna

funnygirl98 2014-06-13 16:34:26 -0500 Report

Thank you for the suggestions… I really appreciate the suggestions and next time im at the pharmacy I will pick some of those glucose tablets up and start carring them with me;-)

Tammy Sexton
Tammy Sexton 2014-06-13 13:21:14 -0500 Report

I was told anything that equals 15 carbs and some protein to stabilize my BG. I have Glucose packets that I carry with me.

RebDee 2014-06-13 13:11:03 -0500 Report

I carry glucose chewable tablets with me always. I am not permitted to use orange juice because of my stomach. Wish I could eat a Snickers Bar YUM

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