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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.

1 In 20 Type 1 Diabetics Will Die from Low Blood Sugar?

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How about this for a diabetes anniversary:

Last Friday I wake up feeling like celebrating my 17 years with type 1 diabetes but remember I have an endo visit the exact same day.  Ugh.  These always make me nervous.

I get online to put up the day’s post and learn about an ad the JDRF just put up that says 1 in 20 Type 1 Diabetics WILL die from low blood sugar.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I keep my A1c rather low.  I feel like I have to after previous years of high A1c’s.  I don’t have a problem with lows (meaning I don’t get many severe ones) but that doesn’t mean a singular low event won’t be pivotal in changing everything.  It only takes one bad low.

At my endo visit my doctor shows me the CGM study graphs from when I spent four days, blindly on the CGM with the doctor’s office seeing and recording all my glucose data from those four days.  I couldn’t help but gulp when I noticed my bedtime number of 102 and my wake up number of 108 and a dip into the low blood sugar range in the middle of the night.  In the middle of the night, in other words when I’m asleep, vulnerable, unable to defend myself appropriately.  My doctor gently pointed this out just for my knowledge.  I will make it a point to go to sleep a tad higher than my feel good 80-100 range.  I will do my weekly 3am checks again.  I have slacked on them lately.  Then I talk to my doctor about my anxiety and he prescribes me something.  As I leave the office I can’t help but feel a little defeated.  I hear scary news, I see my blood sugars dipping at night without my knowledge nor consent, and I succumb to an anti anxiety drug all on the day I’m supposed to be saying “In your face, diabetes!”

And you know what?  I’m not even scared of lows.  Rarely.  I assume it’s because I’ve never gone unconscious from one so in that sense I’m very fortunate and spoiled.  About 5 or 6 times in the past 17 years have I ever needed help.   Though, I must fear lows to some extent because I don’t mess around with high carb meals or lots of sugar or anything that will cause me to give a massive amount of insulin, possibly resulting in a subsequent crashing low. It’s just my responsibility to myself as I see it. Just so you know I don’t feel anyone has to do this or should do this. If you want to eat pancakes with syrup, that’s your right. And if you cover them well then good on you. It’s just that I’ve found out the hard way that I avoid scary lows almost completely by avoiding high carb so I impose this on myself.  And it has kept me safe up until now.  I would actually venture to say that avoiding tons of carbs at one sitting is as life saving as much of the technology we seek to help us.  (By the way, I do know that growing children need plenty of carbs and balance from severe limitations.  If you have a child with diabetes, please know this isn’t speaking to you at all.)

So about the ad:

On one hand I’m kind of like, “Well…I do want people to know type 1 can kill me”. On the other hand I’m like, “How on earth can that statistic be accurate?” With some digging I came across the conclusion that it’s not perfectly accurate. It’s a lifetime risk, for one. If you’re concerned with the accuracy of it, read this post. It goes into the math of it.

To be honest, I do want the general public to understand that what I have could kill me rather easily and this ad, though quite dramatically, helps do that.  I’m secretly (or not so secretly), grateful for that.

I do want to say that fear gets us absolutely nowhere.  I would know.  I’m now starting an anti anxiety drug just to help me stop a cycle of fear fueled thoughts.  Thoughts that are sort of taking me over and ironically, not allowing me to take care of myself properly.  I will write more about this soon.

For now I want to remind us all that fear gets in our way, it impedes our actions, and our decision making skills.  It sucks joy out of life.  It escalates into paranoia if squeezed too tightly.  So I encourage all of us struggling with this news to take a deep breathe and remember that fear must be managed.  We can’t let it win.  We have to keep it in it’s place by focusing on what we have and what we want.  If we focus on being healthy we’ll focus on doing those things we need to do to be healthy.  If we focus on how a low blood sugar might kill us, we won’t be focusing on those actions which will keep us safe because fear will keep us distracted or immobilized.  I realize it’s a fine line because by being aware we can prevent things from happening.  The point is for us to try not to be so afraid.  To have a little faith.

We can do this, too.

The Best Low Blood Sugar Treatment

 

There are good reasons for using all sorts of different options for getting blood sugar up. 

Dr. Bernstein suggests glucose tablets for their fast acting sugar supply and for the fact that it’s measured, so you know exactly how many grams you’re getting. 

Many parents of children like to use candy because it works quickly, is welcomed by the child, and I think we’d all agree, a child suffering a low blood sugar deserves a cheer me up.   Sidenote: I was once low to the point of having a hard time chewing my Smarties candies and proceeded to choke on them.  Sometimes a really bad low might call for something easier to intake-like kids gel-like candy!

Most adults I know tend to lean towards juice because it’s easy to find, carry, and consume quickly. 

Still, others use anything they might enjoy:  some ice cream, a waffle with some maple syrup, some fruit, etc.  I’ve had all of the above hundreds thousands of times.

I like to change up what I use for lows but, I must say I do prefer juice because it’s so fast and easy (no chewing/munching).  (Although this may not work too well for very young children)  There is another reason I like juice.  Typically, after drinking juice for a low, I follow that with some water to swish around in my mouth.  When I use candy or other solid sugary substance, I feel like it’s stuck in my molars (in fact, it is).  The only time I’ve ever had a cavity in my life was the year I used candy or glucose tablets for every low blood sugar.  Coincidence?  I don’t know, maybe.  But, juice is also convenient for adults at work (you look like you’re just thirsty as opposed to having a sugar craving in the middle of what is supposed to be time for working).  I can recall lows in meetings full of older men and feeling a little funny when I took out some candy for a low.  Some of them would make jokes like, “Looking for a sugar high?” or “you just ate enough calories for lunch with that bag of candy there” or even the despicable “Ha ha, what are you, five?”.  When I had juice, I noticed no one ever said anything.   So although I’m ok with awkward situations like these and didn’t mind telling these rude fellows they were just jealous that they didn’t have the guts to eat candy in public, I know some people prefer to avoid the awkwardness.  Besides, I have a hard time stopping eating candy.  I will eat a few pieces resulting in 15 grams of carbs and next thing I know I’m giving insulin for the extra candy I enjoyed all too well. 

Either way, I’d say the best low blood sugar treatment was just whatever one is more comfortable with.  Some of us have had too many glucose tabs to ever have another.  BD Orange glucose tabs make me nauseated just thinking about them.  But, when I was a kid, mmmm they were delicious!  Whatever works best for the individual should be used-always taking in consideration just how low one is. 

I’m glad we have so many options these days aren’t you?

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