Treating Hypos

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2015-02-15 19:49:46 -0600
Started 2015-02-12 11:19:23 -0600

Where do you keep the treats you use when you have hypoglycemia? I have read so many times that T1 people have to get out of bed and go to the kitchen when they have hypos at night. In certain cases they have to go downstairs to to reach the kitchen. That would be dangerous for me since I frequently experience dizziness with hypos. I have also read that some T1's have hypos when away from home, and they have to stop at a store and buy something, maybe waiting in line to pay, or eating before paying. Why do any T1's not have something handy. at all times??

I do NOT understand this!! I have a bottle of glucose tablets by my bedside, and another on a table by my laptop. When I eave the house, I have a small ziplock bag of jellybeans in my pocket at all times. My wife has some glucose tabs in her purse. I NEVER have to wander through my house or buy something at a store to have something to treat my hypos. I have ready access to something 24/7.

Why do any T1's take such chances?

7 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-15 19:49:46 -0600 Report

I have never in my diabetic life had a hypo experience in the middle of the night. As a T2 I always eat some kind of protein before bed. I always carry snacks with me in a zip lock bag in my purse. I have a testing kit that goes everywhere i go which I keep in my purse and one to use at home.

I do not use glucose tabs at all. I buy the tiny Halo oranges and have found that several slices of those keep is all I need. I put it in a zip lock baggie and it travels with me.

When I was first diagnosed and wasn't sure what I was doing and I was worried about having a hypo at night, I would put some kind of hard candy in a container next to my bed. It had a lid so the dog couldn't open it. However, one of the best things is a tube of cake frosting. I use that from time to time.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-13 01:16:43 -0600 Report

Hi Richard. It is not only type 1's it is also type 2's. As a type 2 I also experience hypos, down into the 40's on occasion, so I know about the dizziness and the lack of being able to think etc etc… I don't know why anyone who has diabetes would not think ahead and have some kind of kit of glucose tabs and sweets of some kind ready with them at all times. But I have to be the first here to admit, my purse is empty of glucose and jellybeans. I keep apple juice in my fridge at home, it's a small apartment and I can usually feel my lows coming on so I can get to my fridge quick enough to get my juice. I test my BG before leaving my house to see if I am starting to go low, but four out of five times I do not have glucose tabs or any sugar treats in my purse. I KNOW I should, yet I don't. so shame on me I guess.

Ruth2015 2015-02-12 20:03:21 -0600 Report

Once you get are a diabetic either T1 or T2 you always have a bag of with food and snack glucose tablets my husband is so worried for me he bought me a small fridge for me to keep in my room with snack and 2%milk and juice just in case and as long as I have this chronic disease I only have to use a glycogen twice thank god for that.

packrat2 2015-02-12 18:33:13 -0600 Report

If your type 1 it will not take long to learn to have glucose with you at all times. When I go in the truck or with the wife in the car I always have a kit with me that has a Coke in it and other high glucose items in there.

GabbyPA 2015-02-12 11:46:05 -0600 Report

Why would any diabetic take such risks? I keep things handy, in fact, I am packing for a weekend away and while I have glucose tabs in my purse, I may want to pick up something to have handy in the hotel as well.

I will admit, before I had a low, I didn't consider this much. But since I have had a few of them, it made me keenly aware that getting to my kitchen, though not a long distance, is a creepy feeling for me. Much less having to rummage through all my low carb food choices in my refrigerator or pantry to find something that will help. I get too shaky to control myself, much less have to think about it.

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