The Easiest & Fastest way to treat a low !

You all may have thought of this already , but for the ones that have not maybe you can use this idea .My mom was trying to think of something fast & easy to have when I get low . What she came up with was the little black bottles that the one touch strips come in . They hold 15 grams of sugar ,when I need the whole 15 i just pour it in , or sometimes just half. If I go ride my bike I can just put a couple in my pocket . Just thought it might help someone . We keep them every where ,in the car , by the bed, kitchen . I am 13 & I think the kids would like it better than the gl.tabs. It also works fast, till you can get some food in you. If you have different ideas let me know maybe I will like one better !

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Comment by Robyn on May 24, 2009 at 6:10pm
Thanks....that is a really good idea! Now I know what I can use all these containers for! good goin' Mom!
Comment by Sarah on May 24, 2009 at 9:09pm
I use energy gels :) Most 1oz packages are 25-28g of carbs, so it gives me enough to bring up a low, plus a little extra to keep going. They're not as cheap as pouring sugar into an empty strip vial, but they're handy to carry since the packages are flat! I keep them the bed, in the car, in the bag under the seat on my bike, and when I'm riding, if I'm wearing a jersey I'll throw a couple in the back pocket.
Comment by Robyn on May 24, 2009 at 9:57pm
Sarah....where do you get the energy gels??? And what is the name? Just energy gels? That is a good idea too......I hate GC tabs! I usually use jelly bellys if I can.
Comment by Sarah on May 25, 2009 at 1:28am
There are a lot of them.. Clif Shots, PowerBar Gel, Accelerade, GU, etc... any sporting/outdoor store would have them, you may even find them at some grocery stores. They're really popular with runners, cyclists, and other athletes. Some have caffeine though, so make sure you check the label if you don't want that, and some have more or less carbs than others - I've yet to find any with less than 15, but I prefer the ones with more - it ends up costing less long-term :)

All of the energy gels seem to be at least half the price of pharmacy glucose gels at around $1.00-1.50 or so.
Comment by elaine peterson on May 26, 2009 at 3:54am
Thanks for the great idea. I usually use candy, but sugar might be more quickly digested.
Comment by Mandy on May 26, 2009 at 7:41pm
Sounds pretty convenient, but I would be careful. I know they treat the inside with chemicals to keep the strips dry. Just a thought.

Those little (mini) cake decorating GELS work great and are cheaper than the commercial gels. Each one is 15 grams and is very small and easy to carry anywhere. My CDE and pump trainer taught me that.
Comment by elaine peterson on May 27, 2009 at 12:46pm
The parametics told my friend that if her mom passed out from a low, the frosting gels were safe to use....just rub on the gums.
Comment by Linda G on May 29, 2009 at 2:16pm
Hey...what a good idea with those little containers Tyler...We could say "Diabetics Use The 3 Rs...Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"
Comment by Linda G on May 29, 2009 at 2:18pm
However, Mandy's right...the inside of the containers are treated so that humidity doesn't get to the strips!
Comment by Frank Marcus Sabatini on May 29, 2009 at 2:28pm
I use Glucose tablets, but reusing empty test strip bottles to carry sugar is a great and ev friendly idea, thanks. do you have an idea of how to reuse insulin bottles, after 51 years of type 1 I can not imagine the pile of emptys I have produced. take care all :o)


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