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Managing Low Blood Sugar with Glucose Products

When someone has low blood sugar, it means that their brain is not getting enough glucose (a vital source of energy). This causes an impact on basic functions and results in blurred vision, confusion, numbness and drowsiness. And if low blood sugar remains low for a long period of time, it could lead to more serious health complications such as seizures and comas.

The official term for low blood sugar/glucose is hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia triggers the release of epinephrine (adrenaline), also known as the “fight-or-flight” hormone. That’s why someone with low blood sugar will experience a rapid heart rate, sweating, tingling, and anxiety.

The 15-15 Rule

The good news is that low blood sugar can be corrected quickly. Specifically, the American Diabetes Association recommends the "15-15 Rule":

“Consume 15 grams of carbohydrate to raise blood sugar and then check it after 15 minutes. If it’s still below 70 mg/dL, have another serving. Repeat these steps until blood sugar is at least 70 mg/dL. Once blood sugar is back to normal, eat a meal or snack to make sure it doesn’t lower again.”

Glucose Products

Adults that experience low blood sugar often use candy or soft drinks to raise their glucose levels. But a better alternative for children is glucose products. Glucose gels and tablets deliver a precise dosage and are easy to consume. And even though they may be tasty, children definitely won’t confuse them for candy! Gels are made of water and dextrose in addition to small amounts of other compounds. Tablets are pre-measured, fast acting carbohydrates.

For more information on diabetes in youth, click here. You can also shop MacGill’s selection of diabetic and glucose products by clicking here.

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