Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My sugar is low I need a snickers!

I used to work with a lady, who did not have diabetes, that would yell out a few times a month that her sugar was super low and she HAD to have a snickers bar. LOL. When your sugar is low, your body tells you to eat. And eat. And eat. It's a defense mechanism, and before blood testing home kits probably saved many lives. But now we know differently.
There are two hard and fast rules. It takes 15 grams of glucose and 15 mins to treat hypoglycemia. That's it. Fast acting glucose in the form of tablets or gels works best and fastest. Anything containing fat (snickers bar) can take up to an hour to digest, and simply does not work as well. Sorry, but true.
Here is my tip for treating low blood sugar.

Sit down. Chew 15 grams of glucose tablets. Set a timer for 15 mins. Sit still.

After 15 mins, if you can, test your blood sugar level, if it's still below 60, repeat the above.
If it's several hours before your next meal, or if you are exercising it's a good idea to have a small snack containing carbs and protein. Just don't overdue.
Glucose tablets are available at most grocery stores and pharmacies. Watermelon flavor is the best. :0) Keep them with you at all times. If you decided to take a different form of glucose with you, remember not to take anything that can freeze or melt.

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