People with Type 1 diabetes are always thinking about low blood sugar. If you’re a Type 1 who’s not, please share your secret! For the rest of us, a doctor has offered some sound advice on how to quickly treat a low with simple solutions.
First things first – once your sugar dips into “low” range, the best dose for treatment is 15-grams of sugar. These are not carbohydrate foods that contain protein or fat – just the sugar, please. Chocolate is nice but the fat may slow the body’s ability to absorb it quickly. It’ll do the job but it takes a little longer to get you back to normal range.
This doctor recommends eating 10-jelly beans. It contains exactly the amount of sugar to raise blood glucose levels back to normal range. If jelly beans aren’t your thing, another suggestion is marshmallows. I personally like Skittles to do the trick. I carry a pack in my car, in my gym bag, and keep one in my bedroom.
Whatever the reason for hypoglycemia (too much insulin, too much activity, fill-in-the-blank with random variable) it’s all about the way to treat it. Do yourself a huge favor and make sure you’re never without a quick and easy rescue from a low. May the force be with you.
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