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From Salem, Oregon, USA:

We have a Type 1, 8-year old son who was diagnosed when he was 4. Is it okay to use candies (i.e., Lifesavers) for fast-acting sucrose rather than Gluco-Tabs? Gluco-Tabs are much more expensive and we are trying to eliminate extra costs.

Answer:

Yes, hard candy (that is, those that do not contain fat) can work quite well for insulin reactions. Be careful that the insulin reactions are not occurring to get candy though. Lifesavers work well as do many other sugar tablet type candies. Look on the label to get the correct number to treat a low blood glucose. For instance, 6 lifesavers have 15 grams of carbohydrate and 3 Jolly Ranchers have 15 grams of carbohydrate.

JM

[Editor's comment: For additional options, see emergency glucose. JSH]

Original posting 21 Feb 1998
Posted to Hypoglycemia

  
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