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    Default Glucose tabs or something else?

    we use glucose tabs when the low is under 4 (72). Is this what most people do or do you use something else that is equally effective in bringing up a low. We use juice if it isn't too low. Someone recently told me that they use rockets instead of glucose tabs...
    James - born Dec. 1, 2005. DX T1 February 2009. Pumping with Animas Ping - March 2010. Cameron - born Oct. 15, 2003. Non-D.

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    My ds loves tabs. He loves trying the flavors, etc. I, on the other hand, would much prefer to find an alternative. Lately I've been encouraging o.j. or grapes, anything that seems healthier that would be effective to use when we're at home. Can't find anything else as portable and effective as tabs for when we're out.

    As of yet, we haven't found the perfect thing, so will be watching this thread for some good ideas!
    Married to dh and Mom to 3 boys (10/96; 3/99; 2/02)
    Ds #2 diagnosed D-T1 5/29/2010
    OmniPod 9/30/11

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Southeast of disorder


    we find tabs the quickest and easiest. Anything "candy" would just inevitably get eaten (I tried carrying smarties around for a while but since that's one of the only candies I like you can imagine what happened to those....)

    At night we use juice.

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    Tabs and juice only for us. We decided early on that we didn't want to have an overlap between "treats" and "treatments" for lows. But when she was little our dd would have been forever "low" if we used candy Every kid is different.
    Mom to DD now 16, dx @4
    Cozmo pumper @6
    Minimed pumper @13
    G4 @ 15

    "Happy Birthday, Dr. Banting! Now... let's eat cake! Because, we CAN!" - MCS

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Austin, Texas


    Juice, Life Savers, Peppermints, Skittles....
    Mom to Lauren, age 15 dx'd 1/06
    Pumping MM Revel
    Brother 17, no D
    Brother 20, no D

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    Join Date
    Dec 2008


    We use a variety at home; smartees, tabs, fruit snacks, chocolate milk, juice, yogurt drinks.

    Smartees, tabs and fruit snacks when we're away from home.
    DD (12) dx'd 2008

    MM Revel & CGM: 3/2009 - 10/2013

    T:slim & Dexcom G4

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    Smarties---one pack is 6 carbs. Also, we've been getting the mini meranges at the grocery store and they are nice too!
    mom to Molly, 21, dx 7/9/10
    Pumping with Animas Ping 11/10
    Dave, 24, non D
    Wife to Bob...great guy!!

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    Usually juice or Smarties. It could change again in a few months.
    Mom to 3 Great Kids, Oldest DD 13,
    DX Type 1 Jan 2008
    Feb 2011 -- Omnipod and Dexcom
    April 2010 -- MM Revel Pump & MM CGMS
    Jan 2008 -- MM 523 Pump and MM CGMS Apidra

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    We used to be "juice people" but we have seen that tabs have the best, predictable response. We only use juice in an emergency and then only after tabs.
    Stay at home Dad to son, 13.
    Diagnosed: 02/2006
    OmniPod: 09/2007, Novolog
    Dexcom Seven Plus: 02/2010 Dexcom G4: 01/2013

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    EVER solved has turned out to be ...
    Not Magic. - Tim Minchin

    Hydrogen, given sufficient time, turns into people. - The Meaning of Life

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    Join Date
    May 2008


    It depends on the low. I find tabs & juice are the quickest & most reliable & predictable.
    mum to Campbell (16) dx July 2007, T:slim & Dexcom; & Thomas (12) non-D


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