So is there really a difference in Glucose tabs ans Sweet Tarts?
Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:51 PM
Easiest thing to do is -- when you have a stable BG again -- test your BG before and after one of these "sweet tarts" to see how they affect your BG... specifically how much BG increase and how quickly would they bring your BG back to normal from a hypo.
Posted 16 February 2009 - 04:10 PM
Posted 16 February 2009 - 07:24 PM
Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:23 PM
The second choice is Sweet Tarts, but you need nine candies to equal 15.4 grams of carbohydrates.
Personally, in our household we use the glucose tablets -- it's easy to keep a jar by the bedside for middle-of-the-night lows (no fumbling to open a packet of candies) and my daughter and her friends are less likely to snack on them as candy!!! She keeps a bottle of them at school and a 10-pack tube in her frontpack for the same reason.
Before we started buying glucose tablets, my late husband, who also had diabetes, used to carry around sugar packets, but they had a tendency to break open and spill in his backpack. Even when he placed them in a plastic ziplock bag, the bag would get shopworn after a few weeks and tear apart.
P.S., The cheapest place to buy glucose tablets is Costco -- even cheaper than Wal-Mart!
Posted 16 February 2009 - 11:52 PM
i do find, however, that swedish berries (raspberry shaped candy - small ones, kinda hard, not the big squishy ones) they work well as well, but since i find that they taste so good i tend to over do it...
i use powerade more often than glucose tabs because, first off, the tabs take longer than the powerade and they kinda make me gag now... the tubes of gel junk aren't too bad though, they work fast too, but you need atleast two tubes and at their price, it's too much... one powerade can last me 3 low BS episodes at less than 1.50 a bottle and the tubes are over $5 a tube...
type 1 diabetes since march 25th, 1992
Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:45 AM
i buy my glucose tabs at wal-mart and the tubes there as well... sure the candy, chocolate, junk, etc, is more tempting than using a real glucose remedy, but they don't work as fast...
Then again, I find that a small tropical juice box totaling 15g works just as fast as tabs. I also find it more pleasant and easier to drink liquid than try and masticate food. It's not exactly high on the list of priorities, but I'm getting a portion of nutrtion as well.
Different foods tend to get metabolised a little differently by differently people... so if you find that some food or other doesn't work too well for you as a hypo fix, it's very important information, but it may not apply directly to others.
I also find sports glucose powder really convenient at home, 3 teaspoons either off the spoon or mixed in half a glas of water is very cheap and low fuss.
This is not just to argue down tabs. I often use them when traveling. They are light and I have no inclination to eat them or overindulge, like I personally might with such as jelly beans. Some people might and do find them the best solution for all of the time. Fair enough - but they really are not some kind of special medicine that works heaps better above all else, as the idea, books, or marketing might imply at times. (hey, they are trying to sell a product... make money.... you know?)
My personal approach is:
- make sure your hypo fix works well for you - fast action
- make the hypo fix something you don't hate or dislike. If you don't like tabs, don't use them.
- make it something you don't love, so that you avoid making excuses or bowing to temptation
- make it something you don't find addictive
- make it something as convenient as you need it
- make it something relatively healthy, ie not chock full of additives, caffeine, saturated fats (obvious exception if you prescribe to high fat diet) refined rubbish, I think the "junk" comment does apply to a degree.
And secondary to all that, is cheapness, which may still be an important factor, of course.
That all sounds complicated, but it's a sure test to see if you have a good workable hypo fix solution
Some essentials for my blood sugar control: dosing via i:c ratio and cf • basal testing when needed • daily 40 minutes moderate exercise (or close) • carbs somewhere below 120g currently • only eating carbs and carb/fat combos that do not cause a problem spike, with or without insulin.
Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:39 AM
A1C changes: 6.8-->6.6-->6.5-->6.1-->6.4-->7.2 --> 6.0-->6.4-->6.3-->5.9!!! (June 2009) (I am so happy I made the 5 club)-->6.2.
Officially pumping as of 2/1/2011!
I have my ups and downs.
Posted 17 February 2009 - 11:20 AM
I just had a low and pooped a glucose tab.
You've created an image I really didn't want to see
Back on MDI and doing well. A1C 6.2, one major hypo in past 6m; a few highs; lots of shots. Diagnosed Oct 19th, 1975.
HDL-101; LDL-64; TG-36; TOT-172
Posted 17 February 2009 - 03:08 PM
Type 1 - 48 years and counting
Pumping since Sept 07 (MM Revel 523)
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