Raise your blood sugar level when you need it most
Chewable, quick-release glucose tablets and drinks are a rapidly acting supplement for people with diabetes, hypoglycaemia, and anyone at risk of low blood sugar.
The human body runs on glucose, a type of sugar found in many of the foods you consume. It is partly responsible for that spurt of energy you get during physical workouts and the more active you are, the more energy you burn.
A healthy person’s glucose level typically ranges between 4 – 5.9mmol/L before eating. If this level goes below 4mmol/L you should take immediate action to bring it back up to avoid the potentially harmful symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).
Fast acting glucose
People with diabetes may experience episodes of hypoglycaemia as a side effect of insulin or other types of diabetes medication. Most newly diagnosed people with diabetes will experience mild to moderate symptoms of low blood sugar as their body adjusts to treatment.
Fast-acting glucose tablets can help those with diabetes to raise their blood sugar quickly when it drops dangerously low. Due to its simple molecular formula, glucose is easily absorbed by the body and will help anyone experiencing hypoglycaemia feel better faster than most other foods.
The Glucose in these tablets are biochemically identical to the glucose produced in the human body making them instantly absorbable.
Managing diabetes on your own terms
Although there are lots of options available to help people with diabetes manage and treat low blood sugar, glucose tablets are a preferred option for many as they are a measured, fast-acting dose.
Some glucose tablets are available in tough, water-resistant, resealable on-the go packs so you can always have them with you. This is important because the symptoms of hypoglycaemia can appear quickly at odd times of the day.
An effective way to follow the 15-minute rule
The recommended treatment for low blood sugar is to consume 15 grams of glucose every 15 minutes until your blood sugar level rises above 4mmol/L. Glucose tablets make it easier to administer this treatment by providing quick-release glucose in carefully measured quantities.
Common symptoms of Hypoglycaemia
You may be experiencing the effects of low blood sugar if you notice any of the following:
- Blurred vision
- Insatiable hunger
- Headaches and sweating
- Pale, cold, or clammy skin
- Confusion or disorientation
- Feeling weak, sleepy, or tired
- Trouble concentrating
- Dizziness or light-headed
- Rapid or irregular heart rate
People with severe hypoglycaemia, when blood sugar is less than 3.0mmol/L, may experience the following symptoms:
- Mood swings or changes in personality
- Body tremors or trembling
- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort
- Becoming cranky, argumentative, or combative
- Numbness of the tongue, lips, or cheek
- Seizures or convulsions
- Loss of consciousness or coma
The symptoms of hypoglycaemia range from mild to severe, depending on how low your blood glucose level gets. At 4mmol/L, you may feel mild symptoms of hypoglycaemia, but this can get more severe the lower it goes.
How to prevent low blood sugar
The best way to prevent hypoglycaemia is to adopt the right diabetes management practices to fit your personal circumstances. You should also learn to identify the early symptoms of hypoglycaemia so you can begin addressing them before they get worse.
Pay close attention to your blood sugar levels by testing regularly using a glucometer or a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). This will give you a good idea of the way your body functions and activities that significantly affect your blood sugar level.
Several studies have shown that people who check their blood sugar level more regularly have a lower risk of hypoglycaemia, as they are likely to recognise the signs of low blood sugar and apply treatments before it gets too low.
Prevent low blood sugar swings and symptoms with glucose tablets and supplements
For those with diabetes, it is essential to practice self-monitoring as a part of your everyday routine. This is especially crucial if you take insulin and other types of diabetes drugs to manage your blood sugar levels.
Those who frequently experience bouts of dizziness, shaking, sweating, anxiety, or irritability, can get their blood sugar back on track using glucose tablets. Glucose supplements should be consumed in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet.
Glucose tablets for non-diabetics
It is also possible for people who don't have diabetes to experience symptoms of hypoglycaemia. This can occur if you haven’t eaten for an extended period, have been particularly active without eating or have other underlying health issues.
If you are regularly experiencing symptoms of hypoglycaemia you should call 111 or contact a doctor immediately. Your doctor will most likely carry out a comprehensive examination to find out the root cause.