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Hypoglycaemia

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by TypeZero., Jul 27, 2020.

  1. TypeZero.

    TypeZero. · Well-Known Member

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    Was wondering what everyone uses to treat hypoglycaemia. I’m experimenting with different hypo snacks such as raisins and other dried fruit. Do you guys have any other recommendations? Something small in size but high in carbs is what I’m looking for. I don’t want to necessarily just eat sugar cubes, kind of seeking something nutritious as well.

    In addition to this I was wondering if there is anything bad about hypoglycaemia apart from the risk of death? Does it physically harm your body? The symptoms are not nice but they disappear once corrected, I was just wondering if there are any long term effects of frequent hypoglycaemia (apart from reduced hypo awareness)
     
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  2. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use Haribo sweets, they're packed full of sugar, easy to eat and they can be in the bottom of your pocket and survive perfectly fine despite being prodded by things like keys etc.
    For hypos you don't need nutritious, you need glucose.
     
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  3. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    I would have thought the risk of death and potential loss of hypo-awareness would be enough. A number of people report that after a good going hypo they feel like they have a hangover and right off their game for a day or so.
     
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  4. Circuspony

    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Haribos for me. Not bothered about nutrition when I get that sinking feeling!
     
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    I use GlucoTabs.
    They are not sweets so are not taken by others.
    They are easily measured. I know how many carbs there are in each tablet and how much each tablet will raise my blood sugars. They come in plastic tubes which make them easy to transport.
    Unlike dried fruit, they contain no fibre so the sugar acts fast to raise my blood sugars

    I agree nutrition is irrelevant. Raising my blood sugars is most important.

    Repeated hypos reduce hypo awareness.
    I have read repeated hypos can kill blood brain cells.
    Hypos should be avoided where possible. Unfortunately it is impossible tp avoid all hypos when using insulin.
     
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  6. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I do play around with things like fruit and bread with hypo's between 3.7 and 4, but only if my Libre shows a very slow and steady decline.
    Anything lower, or when seeing a steep drop, it's straight to the sweets or sugary drinks.
    Hypo unawareness is not something to be put between brackets as a side thought, hypo unawareness can turn your life into a very short story, even on CGM. The 10 or 15 minute lag on CGM can mean no alarm on a quick drop before passing out behind the wheel...
     
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  7. Struma

    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hypoglycaemia - the brain is quite exquisitely sensitive to serum glucose level, so prolonged low can be very damaging. I don't know the critical level of blood sugar, nor do I personally. I would probably scare the arse off me!

    Please, @TypeZero. Don't experiment. We do like you being on here ……

    Edit… GlucoTabs Rule!! 4g CHO per tablet - usually 3-4 tabs deals with my idiosyncrasies.
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. Dextrose tablets. Small, low cost and do the job as they are glucose. To me they are the ideal solution.
     
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  9. Mad76

    Mad76 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Coke. Glucotabs. Jelly sweets. Juice.

    Dates seem to di the job for me too
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Dextro glucose tablets for 3.5 and below (DAFNE classified hypo). Above that, I would eat blueberries, or part of a small apple, or cherry tomatoes.
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Jelly babies for me. 3 JBs = 15g carb......eat wait for 15 mins, test and repeat if necessary
    I dont think there is anything nutritional with fast acting sugars/carbs
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I always have Dextrotabs at hand as once my blood's dropped I want it back at a safe level pdq, if say I'm on a slow slope downwards then a rich tea biscuit or a Kit Kat on a faster slope which takes me on to the next meal time, swimming/cycling I carbload and often use a 10ml tube of 'hypostop' or dextrogel as I can get those free on prescription.

    To me a post prandial hypo (after eating/injecting) would get more glucose than an afternoons basal one.
     
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  13. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    50 years a T1 and my hypo awareness is not what it once was, and definitely gets worse if I have too many hypos. I've only had a couple of really bad hypos in those 50 years but they can be accompanied by fitting (as in like an epileptic fit) so I definitely don't want to go there again.

    For me, the hypos are possibly the worst part of T1. Have too many and you will start to lose awareness and find yourself going lower. I strongly advise you to work hard to minimise them.
     
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