Or why my kids would need them??
Well here you go...
If someone with T1D is low..meaning in my children's case if they have a blood glucose under 80, they are low and need a "quick sugar"
Examples of quick sugars we use: juice, glucose tablets, skittles, smarties
These "quick sugars" give the person a quick pick me up and bring their glucose numbers up..quick!
Hense the name "quick sugars"...Now these items wear off in their bodies quick as well, so if they do not follow with a carb/protien snack (like crackers-carb and peanut butter-protien) then will just get low again, so they have to follow up with those when their number gets above 80.
What makes them low?
Things that make my kids low is definitely exercise..if they are not replenishing their body with carbs when they exercise and use the carbs up, they end up low.. just playing outside or riding a bike can make them low as well.
How can YOU tell if someone is low?
Signs of a person having low glucose are:
- Pale skin color
- Sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason
- Clumsy or jerky movements
- Difficulty paying attention, or confusion
What should you do if someone with Type 1 is showing these signs?
Get them a quick sugar!!! fast! a juice, soda, candy bar...something..
Get an adult to help too.