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Carry A Small Pack Of Sugar Everywhere You Go.

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My mother lives with diabetes every day. It is a scary thing when someone you love has extreme highs or lows in their sugar. One thing I learned, is to keep a sugar pack on hand everywhere you go. If your blood sugar drops, and your teeth lock, a family member or friend can take the sugar and pour it around the inside of the bottom lip to bring the blood sugar levels up quickly.

- Submitted by SEWINGMEG 9/10/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 9 Comments
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SKASSC 9/12/2010 10:24:00 AM

    As a paramedic and a diabetic, I have to agree with carrying some fast-acting sugar around with you - my favourite is now lemonade. I buy the cheap stuff in 2L bottles and refill a smaller one to carry with me - it's the fastest-acting thing I've found in 15 years.

The paramedic side of me feels compelled to warn against giving diabetics anything by mouth if their jaw is locked or they're too confused/not alert enough to feed/swallow themselves however - if you do so you run the risk of causing them to inhale/aspirate/choke on the contents and end up with airway compromise... a very nasty situation. A small amount of glucogel/equivalent/honey on the inside of the lip/cheek can sometimes help, but if things are getting to that stage, it's generally best to go for glucagon or call a medic...
MARYVE2 9/10/2010 3:57:00 PM

    I have diaebts and never thought of this. Good idea thanks. emoticon
SANDALWOOD108 6/13/2011 1:55:00 PM

    I carry glucose tablets, but, as the article states, a packet of sugar is just as good. There is nothing you can add to sugar (coloring, flavorings, etc) that makes it more sugary, only less. A diabetic with low blood sugar needs sugar.
STARRZ57 1/24/2011 9:46:00 AM

    My mother is also diabetic as well as my sister. This is a wonderful idea. emoticon ~Debi
GODZLAMB 11/22/2010 1:02:00 AM

    Never thought about using gel for hypoglycemia. Really good idea. I will have to get some gel for my purse. emoticon
LADYBUG1218 9/19/2010 9:40:00 PM

    I carry honey packets or tubes of cake decorating gel. It's small and can be used even on someone who has passed out or whose mouth is locked. Don't use the frosting tubes. The fat in the frosting keeps your body from absorbing the sugar as it should. The gel has no fat. emoticon
HSS1970 9/12/2010 3:59:00 PM

    I carry a tube of the cake decorating gel
LTISONE 9/10/2010 9:25:00 PM

    Another idea is to buy the little tubes of Betty Crocker icing and squeeze that in their mouth. It's almost the same as glucagel but much cheaper. My daughter is type 1 and it can get very scary sometimes.
SUGARSMOM2 9/10/2010 8:42:00 PM

    GOOD IDEA

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