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1 Sarah January 7, 2011 at 7:35 am

We usually try and do juice only because I feel it is healthier. But we sometimes do tablets and around certain holidays we will do candy.


2 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I always find it so ironic that only since my daughter’s diagnosis has she had juice and she gets candy more often now if you include the Smarties.


3 Sarah January 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I agree. Before diagnosis (at age 2) she never had had juice or candy. However, we had a 35 at 1am last night so I went with tablets because they work the quickest and didn’t have any smarties around. Thanks for the comparison chart!


4 Amy January 7, 2011 at 7:55 am

I think those Reli-On keychains are a smart idea. I love them. And, I appreciate your research. Helpful info. We use juice for the most part.


5 Jessica p. January 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

We use juice to treat dd’s lows. Have a great day!


6 Renata January 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

We use protein drinks. We haven’t used straight sugar in almost..what…7 years. The protein drinks have simple sugar to get my kids up and the protein to keep them there. The glucoaster is too much of a PITA, so this works for us very well. The balance though is to get them to take only a couple sips if they aren’t terribly low. You know how those boxes with the straws go…four big sucks on the straw and the whole thing is gone.


7 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Which protein drink do you use? Any particular flavor that the kids like?

We’ve tried a couple of bars, but they haven’t acted quickly enough on blood sugars.

And yes, I’m finding that sometimes a 15gC juice is too much! That’s why one roll of Smarties (6gC) works fine sometimes.


8 Renata January 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

The liquid works quick, I might do a bar if they feel they are dropping but still in the 4’s.

We use Primo here, I don’t think that is a brand in the US. But I am sure you can find them at the grocery store.


9 Renata January 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Oh forgot to say they like the banana the best. But they come in Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry too. (I think the banana is gross)


10 Jane November 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I definitely don’t feel that your being lazy for not bigrning your meter everywhere. As long as you don’t forget to test whenever it is needed, I don’t see the problem of not bigrning it with you.However, for some people like myself who don’t seem to remember to test unless the object is right in front of me, it is absolutely necessary for me to bring it with me at all times. So overall, it really depends upon if the person is careless or not.


11 Linda January 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

We use the 4 oz. box of juice. I buy them in bulk and the cost is pretty cheap. It’s a perfect 15g and is taken quickly and my son would rather down the juice than chew on glucose tabs-which he does not like. Dex 4 now makes a “liquid blast” shots that come in flavors of berry and lemon lime. He prefers these to the glucose tabs but they are expensive for the 2 fl.oz serving size. Because of their cost; these are used only as a back up when the juice has failed to raise him sufficiently.


12 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I saw those “liquid blast” shots and then when I saw the price, I balked! But they could be very useful to pack a few for trips or hiking, etc.


13 Danielle January 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

We use smarties because they are cheap too. I just can’t bring myself to pay for the glucose tabs, especially when I have a 2 year old that insists he’s low when his sister is. 😛

Just a tip for those that love the Dex 4 1-carb glucose tabs– The “Bottlecaps” candy is approx 1 carb each, and they refill the Dex 4 container quite nicely. 🙂


14 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

LOL, my non-D 3yo also wants juice or Smarties when Q gets them.

The ironic thing is that he’s getting treats for potty training and Q thinks she should get one as well.

I guess they are in it together.


15 Mich January 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

After over 50 years with T1, I’ve settled on Orange Glucose Tabs. They are the least messy, most portable, reasonably priced and easy to measure at only 4 grams each. They dissolve pretty easily with minimum mouth moisture (they remind me of pressed “Tang” if anyone remembers that) and work even faster if slightly chewed.

I can carry a ziploc of 10 flat in my jeans pocket while hiking, keep a bottle in the car and at home, and a tube in my purse.

Of course, anything you use takes about 15 minutes to fully “get there”.


16 colleen January 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

Halloween size Skittles. I really don’t like them much so I’m not tempted to eat them unless necessary.
I keep them in my car (juice froze!), my purse, my office desk, my meter case and nightstand.


17 Belinda January 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

Check your insurance. Mine covers the cost of glucose tabs, gels and liquids.


18 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Does your insurance actually pay for them or do you just get the tax break from the FSA?

I have used our FSA for them before, but have never thought to see if insurance would pay for them.


19 Lorraine January 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks for the shout- out! My post on the keychain is here:

We too have coverage for glucose tabs.


20 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Have you purchased glucose tabs with your FSA in 2011 yet? I’m hearing that new guidelines might mean needing a prescription for over-the-counter items.

Does your insurance actually pay for them or do you just get the tax break from the FSA?

(Updated the link to go directly to your post, thanks!)


21 Alissa Conn January 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

We store glucose tabs, smarties and OJ with us all the time. Depending on the reading I like to use the smarties or glucose tabs first because I feel we get better control over how high she then goes, with OJ it seems we end up on more of the rollercoaster ride for the next 12-24hrs. I do try and stick with the lowest price possible. Thanks for the mention of insurance covering the glucose tabs…I hadn’t checked becuase I didn’t think they would. Now…I’ll look into it!


22 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

We have purchased them using our FSA which means we get a tax break, but I am hearing some people are actually getting insurance coverage. Let me know if you ask and yours does.

Sometimes with juice we really spike and I love that I can give 1 roll of Smarties and see if that’s enough.


23 Joanne January 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

You are a woman after my own heart… love the price comparison chart!

We actually use bananas for lows (when we’re home), they get Elise’s BG up, but do not shoot her to the moon. If we’re out, I use Smarties, but find Elise only needs about 1/2 a pack.

I only use juice if she’s really out of it.


24 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I’m so OCD and I was on a mission!

I’ll have to give bananas a try.


25 Renata January 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

We use to use bananas too until Kelsey became allergic to them. The only thing we found is that they do take a bit longer to react. Not a HUGE amount, but we only used them if they felt they were on their way down but not horribly low.


26 Kim Hilmes January 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

We use milk except when we’re on the road then maybe mini boxes of raisins. I believe moms should be aware of effects the icing, candies, and juices have on our childrens teeth especially while sleeping.


27 Karen H January 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I actually use individually-wrapped prunes – 6g of carbs each, and I feel like I’m eating healthy “food” as opposed to just empty sugar. I use apple juice when I’m home, though.


28 Christie Iversen January 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

We use sugar packets taken from restaurants when we are out. i take one or two each time and keep them in my purse. I also take jam packets and honey packets when I find them (KFC). At home juice boxes, popsicles, frosting.


29 Sarah Wilson January 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I love the price comparison! We use a variety of things, most of which have been mentioned above, but one that wasn’t is fruit juice gummies. Faith is only 1 and doesn’t understand the need (or isn’t in the mood) for a low snack sometimes, so we have to keep a variety of things on hand. If she’s not terribly low (say 70 or above) we sometimes use peanut butter crackers. Whatever we use, it’s best of it is in small carb increments as sometimes it only takes 2 or 3 carbs to correct her lows. I LOVE reading through the comments to see other people’s tips! Learned more from other d-moms and dads than I ever learned from a CDE.


30 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I know, right? I learn so much from all the other D-Moms and D-Dads out there!

Sometimes I don’t use juice because I don’t think she needs that entire 15 grams of carbs, so we’ll do one roll of Smarties or a couple of glucose tablets.

Funny you mention fruit juice gummies…that’s what we are using as potty training treats for our non-D child!


31 Wendy January 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Wierd! I was just getting ready to post about this! I found the Mega roll of Smarties at Cracker Barrel. They are the same size as Glucose Tabs and they fit in the keychain from Walmart, but of course taste better. You can also get them here: http://www.diabetesandmore.com/%2FMega-Smarties-1-Roll-P627.aspx. We have used juice during the day for lows, but at night we usually use crackers and milk because it brings him up fine and he just won’t tolerate drinking juice when he’s half asleep.


32 Leighann January 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Ooh, please do post about them! Would love to see a picture. We don’t usually eat at the Cracker Barrel because it literally as far away from our house as you can get in our town, but maybe we’ll have to go just for those.

(Great minds think alike, huh?)


33 alexis of justices misbehaving pancreas January 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

We use juice for under 65 or if seems he falling fast. Danimal yogurts drinks 15g, raisins, Daninos yogurts which are 7gc, skittles, starburst and smarties. J wont touch a tab now.

Also we love pixie sticks its like 2.5 a stick so works for the not so low lows.

In response to comment about candy and juice and our kids teeth, milk has alot of sugar too as do raisins. No win situation imo.


34 Amanda January 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

We use smarties, I bought a bunch of bags of them after Halloween when the candy was 50% off. I also picked out all the smarties and pixie sticks out of all the kids Halloween buckets and put them in a “low candy” bucket. My daughter always has a juice box and smarties in her backpack for the walk home from school, when we go anywhere besides school she has her purse with her meter, smarties, juicebox and a peanut bar in it. So, we use different things depending on the type of low. I get juice boxes and those Nature’s Own peanut bars (like granola bars) at Sam’s Club. Juice boxes are hard though, my 3 year old son gets into them all the time, without asking, and then I feel like he’s drinkning too much juice or using up his sisters “medicine”. We also like to use a spoonful of peanut butter for just a “little” low.


35 Amy January 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

We have stuck with Juicy Juice (4oz) and glucose tabs, but mainly because those were suggested by our CDE. Now that I have discovered the DOC and have had more experience with lows, I am beginning to make decisions based on HOW low or even changing how MANY carbs to raise the low. Your post and chart are a great resource! Thank you!

Joanne’s suggestion of a banana is awesome. I have been thinking about the new ‘simply gogurts’ (I think by yoplait) since they are only 13 carbs per tube and have a little protein. And, they are high fructose corn syrup free!!!


36 Leighann January 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Here is my post about yogurt and how I may or may not have helped get Yoplait to take the HFCS out:


It’s nice to feel like my opinion is being heard 🙂


37 Amy January 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Oh Leighann! That was a great post and I love the photo of you and Betty Crocker. 😉

You rock. Seriously. Thank you for doing what most of us don’t . . . do something about the problem! I have almost succeeded in ridding our house of HFCS and hormone laded products and artificial additives and preservatives. Often times, though, I retreat back to old products when money is tight. Why oh why do simpler foods have to be more expensive???!!!

I am going to have to try the drinkable versions from the comments suggestions.


38 Laura March 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thanks for the chart! It’s a great comparison. I typically use honey sticks which are 4g and easy to carry. At home we use milk or juice. We’ve found that red food dye really effects my daughter so we try to stay away from all candy and I have tried to keep HFCS out of our house long before my daughter was diagnosed. I did find some dye free glucose tablets but my daughter will not consistently take them (she’s 4).


39 Wendy January 9, 2011 at 12:25 am

Just found the answer to my prayers!! Josh doesn’t love the taste of any type of tart or sour candy but LOVES chocolate. Of course that doesn’t work great for lows because of the fat. But I just found Chocolate MEGA Smarties that are made of the same Dextrose ingredient as regular Smarities! http://www.smarties.com/product/chocolate-flavored/



40 Wendy January 9, 2011 at 12:28 am

Now I just have to figure out where to buy them. You can only buy them at this site by the case 🙁 12 boxes for $144.00!


41 Kim January 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

Yes, milk and raisins have sugar therefore effective in raising bg…. I just choose to use something w/vitamins, protein, and fiber instead of plain sugar.


42 Kim January 10, 2011 at 7:58 am



43 Ann Onimous January 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Glucose tabs, sadly, have to have a prescription now to purchase with FSA debit card. We love our FSA and use it all the time.

With us, it doesn’t matter, cause D won’t use glucose tabs. At all. She hates them. We use juice and peanut butter crackers mainly: Smarties on occasion.


44 James Jopling March 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

You may have already found this out, but your glucose tablet keychain you purchased at WalMart will hold 4 mega smarties perfectly in the keychain!


45 Lisa Marie September 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

a little late in the game – but THANK you ALL for your suggestions! We get honey packets from starbucks and what not that are kept in my daughters meter for those, “crap she’s low and i don’t have anything on this short trip to the store” moments. at home, especially when she is low at night we give her jam or maple syrup – one tablespoon and she is good without having to wake up.


46 carol November 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

thanks for the information, it will be of use in the future,did not know this information would help in a could be life threating, hypoglycmic reaction


47 Kara Bidelspach September 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

I have used the regular size Smarties, but I recently found jumbo sized ones, which are the same size as the glucose tablets. I found them at Sheetz. I am going to go to Walmart and look for the keychain, that would be so handy!
I appreciate this blog so much. Thanks to you, I am switching to nthe OmniPod. I have never liked my tubing and I have worn two demo pods now and have had no issues. I cqan’t even tell it’s there unless I bump it.
Thank you!


48 Dawn Di Peppe March 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I choose things that I am not likely to eat when I am not low. I never drink juice, so I keep juice to treat a low because I won’t “cheat” and drink it when I am normal or high. However this does not stop my husband from drinking it. Luckily he is great at keeping me stocked in juice. Personally I can’t keep candy in the house because I have a sweet tooth and that gets me in trouble. Plus who only eats 4 Starbursts? There are 12 in a pack and once you eat one it is hard to stop at just 4……


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