Glucose pills

By Acolella Latest Reply 2010-02-21 19:47:12 -0600
Started 2010-02-05 11:56:02 -0600

Hello all. I've recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (Jan. 2010). I know the cold sweats and shakes are from my sugar dropping due to my change in diet (Tried the South Beach Diet for the past two weeks and went from 296lbs. to 282lbs.). My nutritionist said that it was a little drastic and I've been kind of starving myself, which was why my sugar was like a roller coaster (between 145 in the morning, and as low as 84 in the evening). It always happens at right after dinner. My doctor said to snack ( a cup of Cheerios) before I go to bed at night. It did help, but, it took a while for the shakes to settle down. Then, in the morning (since the Cheerios probably sat their overnight and turned into sugar), My sugar count was high in the morning (149). The night before (before dinner), it was 109. I'm learning that there are alot of factors that play into this, but, would it be better if I popped a glucose pill whenever I get the shakes like that, or not? (are they expensive and can you get them over the counter?)
Thanks for your time everyone. Have an inspiring day!

10 replies

SKKH 2010-02-21 19:47:12 -0600 Report

Hi! I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have been reading some of the articles and the recipes. I really learned alot from your replies. I just want to thank you all for your input. I was just told by my Primary Care Dr. that when my sugar drops to stop taking the Metformin.
I have. I haven't taken any pills for 2 days and I feel fine. I have lost 12 lbs since being diagnosed and I just lost another lb. this weekend. I'm watching what I eat and still will keep on watching. skkh

pattyecake 2010-02-21 17:47:11 -0600 Report

I keep glucose tablets in my locker at work where I ccan get to them in a hurry, I get mine at a drugstore , they are inexpensive and taste like a big sweet tart, you can also get liquid glucose shots, they seem to work faster, just squirt into your mouth..

summertime21fun 2010-02-06 06:54:41 -0600 Report

I was told to eat a 1/2 a sandwich and milk, that way it wont raise your sugar really fast.
I also have glucose pills just for back up.
i use to work in a nursing home and when someones sugar would get low we use to give them oj and sugar, but that brings sugar up too high too fast.
You could also have some sugar free fruit.It would be better to follow a diabetic diet and exercise. Eat a lot of fish, chicken and turkey. Wheat bread and fresh vegetables and fruits.
I hope this helps.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-06 06:31:26 -0600 Report

I have a roll of glucose tabs in my purse, my desk at work, and in the glove compartment of my car - just in case. Don't use them often - but have grabbed for them a couple times when I felt the lows coming on and there was nothing else immediately available. And I was VERY glad they were there.

Kirla 2010-02-05 22:06:32 -0600 Report

I'm not on insulin or meds, so I don't get lows. My lowest reading ever was 62 and I just ate my supper.

Deb-G 2010-02-05 21:31:32 -0600 Report

You should use glucose tabs, or the liquid glucose…the glucose in the tabs is a slow carb…If you go for OJ, or Soda, or Milk its a quick carb, will likely spike you and if you dont follow it with a protein snack you'll just dive again…The glucose tabs are specially formulated to rise you without a spike…they are over the counter in the isle of any CVS, Walgreens, etc…and they are recommended if you experience frequent lows and roller coaster readings…best to then follow that up with a string cheese or other protein source to level you out…

If you only have the shakes your honestly better off to eat a snack, a healthy one…but if you feel the need for something quicker try to make it a good carb source not something that will spike you and then you have to deal with that :)

btw cereal is totally not a good snack choice before bed…boxed cereals really just kiss them goodbye from your diet, they're really really high on the glycemic index…(unless its cooked oatmeal)…

If your doing south beach get the south beach bars and they're only 140 calories and good protein, minimal carbs…better snack for you before bed :)

spiritwalker 2010-02-05 14:09:38 -0600 Report

Glucose Tabs aren't the best answer. You need to test
often and eat from a balanced meal plan. You need to find out how each food you eat affects you blood sugar. Evening snacks its best to have a protein to level your
sugar during the night. Examples- String cheese, small
amount of peanut butter on stone ground wheat crackers.
If you go below 70 try regular soda or juice. These are
all suggestions. Follow what your Diabetes team teaches you and you should do well.
Welcome to DC.

ptsparkle 2010-02-05 13:02:49 -0600 Report

I get mine at Wal-Mart @99c, orange flavor. I think we should carry some with us when we are away from home. Good snacks are much better tasting. It will take some time to figure out your levels.Try different foods, watch your carbs, and test test test.

MAYS 2010-02-05 12:54:21 -0600 Report

Your nutritionist was correct.
Help yourself to better health but in the process don't hurt yourself.
Drastic dieting does that to a diabetic, knowledge of diabetes and it's complications are very important as well as proper care and action which does wonders !
It takes commitment and overnight success doesn't happen so don't expect it.
Stay patient, open and focused and most of all do what it takes to get it under control and live !
" Mays "

Harlen 2010-02-05 12:02:27 -0600 Report

They are ok to use, I dont like them
Yes you can get them at any drug store
They are not costly
I would rather have a little OJ or soda
I can get them any place and its cheep lol
Best wishes

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