Preparing for Hypoglycaemia
Charlie finds juice doesn’t work fast enough and he often eats extra carbs to try and bring his blood glucose up faster. He was wondering about the new products and how they work.
I asked Charlie some questions about his hypos such as did he feel any symptoms, was there a reason for his hypos, did he test his blood glucose level before treating and how often he experienced hypos. We then talked about some of the newer treatments available.
On the types of treatment for a hypo, I reminded him prevention was still the best way to manage hypos and believe changing his insulin to match his carbs was the best start.For Charlie, juice was often not quick enough acting to offset the symptoms of a hypo. Products such as the True Plus range that includes a drink (60mls), gel or tablets have the benefit of a reliable dose that starts working faster. I reminded Charlie to test if possible, treat and wait 10 minutes. If the symptoms persist re-test and retreat. Once the blood glucose level is back in the target range, follow with a serve of carbs (15grams) such as a slice of bread or a price of fruit. Or a meal if it is time. The additional benefit of hypo products are their long expiry date and other people usually leave it alone but will often sneak the hypo lollies or drinks. I also suggested to Charlie that he could keep these in the car and at work.