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Limiting Hypo treatment

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Aknitty, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. James_Donnelly

    James_Donnelly · Well-Known Member

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    I probably should pay more attention to what happened to my BG after a hypo but I've always done the same. I hd it explained to me to take a fast acting sugar, like jelly babies, then after that a slower release one.Because of that I've always done the same. 3 or 4 jelly babies, then a slice of toast and jam. Sometimes though I do stuff my face because some hypo's are worse than others, even at the same number, and I just get the urge to eat and eat. Then after it when my blood goes back up I'm like '**** i shouldnt have eaten so much ****' haha

    Maybe on my next few hypo's I'll try actually measure what a specific amount of grams of carbs does to me. I've moved on from jelly babies to glucotabs recently so I'll maybe have 4 or 5 of those and that's it next hypo and see what happens. Generally I'd always have a slice of toast afterwards but I'll try skip that and see what happens next hypo.
     
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    MisterMints Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  3. evilclive

    evilclive Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'll do chocolate for a non-crashing hypo too :) Probably not for one that's doing the full dripping wet cold sweat thing, but as a correction from a bit higher, I'll choose based on what I want to eat rather than what's going to be fastest.
     
  4. smc4761

    smc4761 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Once I go low usually below 4 I will test evry 10 mins or so until I can see it going up. Generally I find though that after first 10 mins it will go down even more, thats when panic mode kicks in. If I am at home its OK but if I am at work or outside, I can go into full panic mode and have more carbs. I will deal with the high later. In my eyes best to have a slightly high BG than get carted off in ambulance
     
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  5. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    I use GlucoTabs. To me, they are edible but not a treat.
    I buy them in bulk from eBay and decant into the smaller tubes I bought from Boots years ago.

    I was frustrated by Dextrose. Firstly because the paper wrapping didn't protect the tabs once the packets were open and secondly because only the worst tasting ones (Orange ... I cannot cope with fake orange flavour even as a medical treatment) are the only ones available in pairs.

    The number of GlucoTabs I take depends on the "depth" of my hypo, whether I have any "insulin on board" and whether I am exercising.
    I don't take any slow acting carbs as I was advised not to when I changed to the pump. I think this is something to do with having no "spare" basal.
     
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  6. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Try something with bubbles in the middle of the night. I find the gas helps the sugar hit quicker. Small cokes in the night 2 jelly babies in the day for me. If during the day I find things not working quick enough. (Am obstinate and don’t usually stop what I’m doing) I lay on floor with feet raised. Find this speeds the process up. I just do not have the time for hypos-retired, too busy!!!
     
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  7. Knikki

    Knikki · Guest

    Treating hypos? in order of preference.

    Jaffa Cakes
    Jelly Babies
    Gluco tabs, either raspberry or blueberry.
    Timeout biscuits.

    I'm some of you will sit there and go "tut tut" :p:hilarious: but like all things these work for me :)

    While I agree with others that having something nice to deal with a hypo should not be seen as a treat, when you are fairly out of it and in a deep discussion, with your self or anyone who will listen plus talking a load of Mel's cats, and your other half is trying to get you to eat something, then something nice and sweet is more likely to help get out the hypo. :)
     
  8. Mel dCP

    Mel dCP Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a couple of little Dextro tab tins - my pharmacy was giving them away free if you bought a couple of packs. They protect a single pack perfectly in my pocket or bag.
     
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  9. Davie_sett

    Davie_sett Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I sometimes plan on having a couple of jelly babies but then end up eating the whole bag
     
  10. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Like @MeldCP I find sweet things very sweet these days. I struggle eating one jelly baby. Cannot get it down quick enough, followed by a slush of water. Cannot imagine eating many more. I call them the Jelly babies of doom!
     
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  11. Irene Banting

    Irene Banting Type 1 · Member

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    Hi. I am new to this forum. I have had T1 for 55 years and I find that the quicker I treat my hypo's the quicker I feel better and then am less likely to get the ravenous hunger (where I want to eat the horse and then chase the rider to eat him too!) Also, the Blood Glucose is more likely to go high later if you under-treat, as then your liver starts releasing glucose into your bloodstream to try to correct the low. So my way is to treat as soon as my BGL is 4 or less even if I am not feeling it yet. i.e. if I happen to test and it is 3.9 I treat. I use something we can get in Australia called Carbotest. This is the neat glucose liquid which is used for Glucose Tolerence Tests for diagnosis of Type 2. It has 15g of glucose in 60 mls, and is very slightly fizzy. Fizzy liquid gets into your bloodstream quicker than non fizzy does. Jelly Beans were my favourite for years, and before that glucose tablets, but this liquid works MUCH quicker. I feel better in about 3 minutes. Then I can follow up with something slower if I want/ need to. When I run out of Carbotest, Lucozade or Coke or Orange Fanta work really well too. Just need to be careful though:- I am from the UK and a frequent visitor to England and to Germany, and a couple of times in England and also Germany I have used these drinks for a hypo-, and it didn't work, and I then found out that the sugar content had been reduced. This was really scary as I ended up needing about 3 cans before it worked!
     
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  12. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @Irene Banting any relation to our saviour? Agree the quicker you can treat a hypo the better - my go to is glucotabs, 3 to start with, and then see in ten mins if I need more - problem is in that low state more is always the preferred option - jelly babies and the like would just be too much of a temptation for me. Nighttime hypos are the worst for self control.
     
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  13. Irene Banting

    Irene Banting Type 1 · Member

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    No, sadly no relation! However I did use the name in honour of him and the dear little dog whose name was Irene. I always promised myself my next dog would be called Irene, but fell in love with a male dog. I agree, I can't be trusted with black jelly beans or jelly babies of any colour.
     
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  14. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    But your teeth might be less affected long term using glucose rather than other sugars !!
     
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  15. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    But glucose is less destructive dental-wise.
     
  16. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    After several glucose tabs I try to measure my BSL. If low I add another 2 tabs and wait.
    Sometimes I get a surprise and find that my BSL is actually normal or a bit high despite still having hypo symptoms (including the insatiable hunger)!. I assume that glucagon and adrenaline have mobilised my liver stores of glucose and BSL has risen and continues to rise leading to the frustrating high BSL later.
    So before being tempted to eat out the contents of the fridge, supermarket's lolly section, etc etc I try to go by the finger prick reading (hopefully CGM in future)!!
    As mentioned above, hypos will happen and the less sucrose used over time the happier my teeth and bank balance are!!
     
  17. Aknitty

    Aknitty · Member

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    You are so right, night ones are where I panic the most.
     
  18. Aknitty

    Aknitty · Member

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    So precise, amazing! Was it just measuring over a period of time that gave you this info?
     
  19. Aknitty

    Aknitty · Member

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    A great idea to split a bag into mini bags. Am going to do this straight away, thank you
     
  20. Aknitty

    Aknitty · Member

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    Never thought of having a sugary warm drink either, thank you! I am terrible for panicking after 15 mins if it drops, especially in middle of the night, when Am most likely to over eat
     
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