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Glucose fixes for tiny BS lows

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by LucySW, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. LucySW

    LucySW Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    What glucose/sugar snacks do people use when they want to raise their BS by a couple of mmol? I'm talking about situations when BS is stable and level, but just a bit low for what you're about to do. E.g. driving, I suppose. For me, when my BS is 4.5 and steady, which is fine, but I want to raise it to 6 or 6.5 for driving purposes. Or perhaps in the night.

    I'm not talking about steeply falling BS and real hypos. I've never yet had one of those, thank goodness.

    Lucy
     
  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    I just use oat crackers Lucy if there's no IOB.
     
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  3. drahawkins_1973

    drahawkins_1973 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Nairns crackers are good. I also carry a bag of peanut m&ms and will have a couple of those for situations like you describe (they are around 1.5g carb each)


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  4. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Especially the cheese ones Andrea :)
     
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    drahawkins_1973 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My favourite too :)


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  6. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    half a 9-bar, a bit of a NAKD bar, an oatcake, a ginger nut, rice cake etc

    Maybe half an apple
     
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  7. LucySW

    LucySW Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    How many grams of carb are those? 5-ish? 10-ish?
     
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    britincali Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    One digestive raises my BG by 1 mm ol :)
     
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  9. drahawkins_1973

    drahawkins_1973 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oatcakes are 4-6g depending on which type. I think apples are about 18g ish?!

    I buy the children's pre cut apple snacks which are 9g a bag.


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  10. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    They're all in that range.

    Apples depends on size.

    If I really want to push the boat out I'll go with a fig roll at 13g
     
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    -Artemis- Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Like @ElyDave I'd go for half a nine bar.... the peanut ones (no choc) are 10g per bar, so half a bar is 5g - and that's enough to give me a bit of a boost without being a sudden high. Half an apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter is another goodie - also around 5g carbs, obviously depending on apple size ;-)
     
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    ljwilson Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What is an IOB?

    Lorna
     
  13. robert72

    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Insulin on board (still active in your body)
     
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    diamondnostril Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @LucySW . . .

    I use Dextro Energy Minis (are these available in the UK?)

    I find these excellent for both "real" Hypos, and for fine-tuning my blood-sugar level if I want to.

    The tablets are small; each contains 1.3g CHO and will raise my level by 11mg/dl (0.6mmol/l).

    I find them excellent for "real" hypos because they come in small boxes made of card, with a top that flips open very easily. Ideal for situations where your co-ordination is not good. If you drop the box, more often than not some tablets will spill out.

    And because each tablet raises my level by a smallish amount, they are also good for fine-tuning. Each tablet comprises 2 distinct halves, so it's easy to bite one in half if I want to fine-tune by 6mg/dl (0.3mmol/l).

    Some people hate the chalky taste. I'm also not keen on it, but for me this is a good thing . . . I tend not to eat them like sweets, so it's not tempting to eat too many when correcting my level. Therefore it's really different for me to having sweets or chocolate in the house.

    Regards :)
    Antony
     
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  15. LucySW

    LucySW Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    Does that mean quick-acting? Sorry, still learning thus stuff.
     
  16. robert72

    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Generally yes (unless you have taken too much basal which could have the potential to reduce your BG)
     
  17. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    As Robert says it stands for Insulin on Board, the American refer to it as BOB (Bolus on Board) but it all means the same thing.
     
  18. Diamattic

    Diamattic Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Right now i usually always have some small tootsie rolls in my pocket or bag. Each one is 5g of carbs, works fairly fast. I buy them in bulk for a couple dollars and they last the month :D
     
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