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Glucose Quick Sticks Review

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By now you all may be inclined to think that “Sysy doesn’t do negative product reviews”.  But sadly, here’s one for ya.

I got some On the Go Glucose Quick Sticks recently which I tested out the other morning for a low I experienced.  This product boasts a 100% daily serving of Vitamin C and an “on the go” delivery method that needs no water.  There are 10 grams of glucose per serving (meaning you’d probably more than one to treat a low).  It comes in flavors such as watermelon and sour apple.

So the other day, I confirmed my low blood sugar and tore one of the sour apple sticks open.  They just so happen to resemble jumbo pixie sticks with a powdery fine filling.  I poured half of a stick in my mouth and gagged.  Something out there actually tastes  worse than glucose tablets.  Then, because I was low and shaky and my tongue was numb, I started to choke on the powdery glucose.  You sort of chuck it from the packet down your throat and it’s all too easy to choke on, in my opinion.  Maybe not the best for young children.  Or maybe just me.

The fun didn’t stop there.  Since I was shaky and flustered, I fumbled the darn thing (which is as light as a feather) and dropped it.  Powder filled the air and settled all over my desk, keyboard, and carpet.  The only thing it did right, once I opened a second packet and downed it, was get my sugar up quickly.  But the main ingredient is glucose and that’s it’s only job.

I feel like a glucose delivery product should taste decent and function well in a diabetic’s sweaty, trembling hands-because that’s our reality.

So if you see this at the store next to your glucose tablets, look away and grab your bottle of tabs.  Better yet, I recommend Glucolift glucose tablets.  Now there’s a well thought out product for a diabetic.

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 :)

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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