Written by Kaylyn Bodden

Emergency Snacks for Diabetics

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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you know the struggle and pain that can come along with a hypo. A hypo, or hypoglycemia, occurs when blood glucose levels fall below 4 mmol/L (72mg/dL). Hypos are most common with people that take insulin regularly.

Insulin can cause sugar levels to go too low, and this can become dangerous.

Symptoms of a hypo are:

  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Paleness
  • Weakness
  • Hunger
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Hypo episodes range from mild to severe. If untreated, a hypo can ultimately cause extreme danger. Though it is rare, severe hypos can result in comas from loss of consciousness and in some cases, death.

Here are some of the best, fast acting snacks diabetics should always keep with them in the event of a hypo.

  • A 4-6-ounce can of juice or regular soda.
  • Three individual packets of sugar.
  • Glucose tablets.
  • Hard candies like Jolly Ranchers & Jellybeans.
  • An individual box of raisins or cranberries.

Pack snacks like these in ready-to-travel snack bag. Keep them in your car, purse, backpack and desk. Hypos can happen randomly at any given time, so always be prepared with your sweet snacks.


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