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Natural Glucose Tablets! The Glucolift Review

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You probably already know I’m into “natural”, “healthy”, blah blah blah.  You may be, too.  If you’re not and wondering why a natural glucose tablet may be worthwhile, this here is especially for you.

First of all, I know many of you treat lows with candy and fruit juice.  Sometimes I have no choice but to use something like that, as well.  However, when we’re low the fastest thing we can use to bring up our sugar is glucose and that’s why glucose tablets are a smart choice.  The problem is they contain artificial flavors, colors, and genetically modified ingredients which over the course of time is not going to support our health.

Glucolift glucose tablets are created by a fellow diabetic.  They don’t have anything artificial and they don’t have a yucky chalky taste to them.  We received some bottles to try out and Ana and I really loved them.  What struck me though, was just how much I missed them when I ran out and went back to my old glucose tablets.  I almost gagged.  So perhaps at first taste Glucolift tablets don’t taste very different-after all they still have the same 4 grams of glucose per tablet, but once you go from these to the regular artificially flavored tablets, oh you’ll know the difference.

Let’s face it, when we’re low, we sometimes want to make the experience a little less crappy so we dig into ice cream or candy.  The truth is that we do best by relying on what our body is in immediate need of and that is glucose.  We also do best to enjoy the way our glucose tablets taste so the experience isn’t a complete drag.

So we love the taste:  I love the cherry the most, Ana loves the wildberry flavor the most, and others have reported that they are head over heels for the orange cream flavor.  We love the easy flip lid that allows easy access while trembly and low.  And we love that someone acted to fill a diabetic consumer void.

We’re happy to give this product a big thumbs up.

If you’re interested, you can order at Amazon!  I’m going to get my cherry tablets right now.

What I Just Learned About Glucose

Definitely replacing this!   photo courtesy of Bill Longshaw

Definitely replacing this! Photo courtesy of Bill Longshaw

 

I’ve learned a number of useful tidbits from reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.  Here are a couple excerpts from his book which I found rather eye opening: (pages 199-200)

“The key is the influence of glucose or fructose not on blood sugar but on the liver.  Glucose goes directly into the bloodstream and is taken up by the tissues and organs to use as energy; only 30-40 percent passes through the liver.  Fructose passes directly to the liver, where it is metabolized almost exclusively.  As a result, fructose “constitutes a metabolic load targeted at the liver,” the Israeli diabetologist Eleazar Shafir says, and the liver responds by converting it into triglycerides-fat-and then shipping it out on lipoproteins for storage.  The more fructose in the diet, the higher the subsequent triglyceride levels in the blood.”*

“*For this reason, fructose is referred to as the most lipogenic carbohydrate.” 

Seriously?  Isn’t “lipo” Latin for “fat”?

Apparently, our bodies will also adapt to exposure to high-fructose diets and “the more fructose in the diet and the longer the period of consumption, the greater the secretion of triglycerides by the liver.”

“Moreover, fructose apparently blocks both the metabolism of glucose in the liver and the synthesis of glucose into glycogen, the form in which the liver stores glucose locally for later use.  As a result, the pancreas secretes more insulin to overcome this glucose traffic jam at the liver, and this in turn induces the muscles to compensate by becoming more insulin resistant.”

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And just as a reminder, high triglycerides are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.  Also, table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are both half glucose and half fructose. 

So if I am understanding this correctly, my intake of candy and juice and occasionally a dessert to treat low blood sugars is effectively increasing my likelihood for high triglycerides, cardiovascular disease, and insulin resistance? 

I bought glucose tablets today.  (Again, I could be misinterpreting the info as I’m not really into science-if anyone is and disagrees with my conclusion, do help a girl out!)

For more convincing and more info on why glucose tabs are the best low blood sugar treatment, read what certified diabetes educator, Will Dubois has to say.  His is not as serious as this post for he has a great knack for humor. 

Enjoy:  Know Your Glucose

Also, see here for a list of foods highest in fructose

Stay tuned for a post coming up discussing how I lowered my basal insulin requirements by 25% in just a week.  Part of the magic happened when I switched to glucose tablets for lows but that wasn’t all!  Also I’ll be reviewing Gary Sheiner’s Type 1 University online class on weight loss :)

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