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Fastest Things To Counter A Hypo

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by everway9, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. everway9

    everway9 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone. I hope y'all doing good today. :)

    I'm interested to know what are the best and quickest things to treat a hypo are, and what are your favorites?

    I'd be grateful for your input.

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. Shar67

    Shar67 · Guest

    A full sugar fizzy drink
    Jelly babies
    Gluco gel or tabs
    Slice of bread with peanut butter and an apple my fav
     
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  3. everway9

    everway9 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Shar67.

    I see you are 3c like me. Cool :)
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Lucozade or regular Coke :) They work superfast.
     
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    everway9 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    I've not had a hypo yet. I was only diagnosed 3c a week ago. I'm thinking that I would like a mug of coffee with 3 sugars. :)
     
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    Miko Type 1 · Member

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    I'm Type 1, but I love Cake and Snack Bars but when my sugar is reeeeeeally low I have to drink juice
     
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    everway9 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Lucozade , followed by coke . :)
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Sugary coffee is fine, but if it's a fierce hypo, you need something concentrated and quick.

    For normal lows, cake can be ok ;)
     
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    anniehi41 Other · Well-Known Member

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    I find Glucojuice is very fast to bring you back from hypoland. Boots sell it about £1.55 per bottle, a bit pricey but it works really fast. Glucotabs are also quick and cheaper from Amazon.
     
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    everway9 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    I have never heard of Glucojuice. I shall google it. :)
     
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    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Glucojuice. Dextrose tablets. Lucozade. Jelly babies. Orange juice.

    I was told sugar that you would put in coffee wouldn't work as fast as dextrose tablets - apparently sugar isn't as high GI as dextrose. Anything that's adding fat in to the glucose (biscuits cake etc) ain't gonna work as fast (as you were asking about the quickest, but are fine for if you aren't too low and need something to top you up). But it is important to follow up the fast acting glucose with something more complex to make sure you don't fall again, biscuits are good for that :)
     
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    lizdeluz Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm less likely to over treat my hypo if I use Glucotabs because, though I know they are helping me when I'm hypo, I don't enjoy eating them (burning sweet, chalky texture) - I eat one, two or three depending on how shaky I feel, or, if I can work my meter, how low I've gone.. This works for me. In the past, my 'hypo treatment' was a panic binge, and I had to stop that.
     
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    everway9 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Some really helpful information there. Thanks :)
     
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    everway9 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    I completely understand that. Probably having too much glucose then having to counter that with insulin. Then having a hypo again :)
     
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    Jellybeans, lemonade, whatever sweets/sugary drinks I can find. Tried glucogel once and it was disgusting.
     
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    My go-to for a fast rise is the orange flavour Lucozade energy (not sport) as it's packed with glucose.

    Table sugar (sucrose) is a mixture of fructose and glucose so takes longer to digest than pure glucose.
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Just glucose tablets. They dissolve in the mouth very quickly and are small and cheap. I suspect they are absorbed just as quickly as a glucose drink?
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    They're fine for a 'normal' hypo, but for a fierce one a sugary drink like Lucozade is best as it works faster.

    I actually tested both glucose tablets and Lucozade when I was pregnant and constantly waking with lows. The Lucozade got my blood sugar rising very quickly, the glucose tablets took a few minutes longer.
     
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    Their absorption speed will depend on how thoroughly you chew them. If you reduce them to powder before swallowing they will have a big surface area and absorb quickly. If you chew quickly they will take longer to break down in your stomach so absorb slower.
     
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