How many glucose tablets should I take to get my sugar up?
The fastest way to raise your blood glucose is with some form of sugar. Glucose tablets are a good, quick source of glucose when you have hypoglycemia (or low-blood glucose).
To treat hypoglycemia: You should have at least 15-20 grams of carbohydrate. Get 15-20 grams of carbs from foods that are mostly simple carbohydrates or sugar with little or no fat. For example:
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) juice or regular soda
- 4 or 5 saltine crackers
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
- 1 teaspoon honey or corn syrup
- Glucose tablets (amount depends on what you buy, check the Nutrition Facts label)
- Hard candies (amount depends on what you buy, check the Nutrition Facts label)
After eating or drinking, wait 15-20 minutes and check your blood glucose again. If it is still low and you have symptoms of hypoglycemia, repeat the treatment above. Once you feel better and your blood glucose is back to normal, continue to eat meals and snacks as you usually would to keep your blood glucose level up.
Most glucose tablets have 4-5 grams of carbohydrate per tablet, which means you would need to take 3-4 tablets at a time to treat hypoglycemia. Since the amount of carbohydrates in one tablet can vary, always check the Nutrition Facts label on your glucose tablets for the carbohydrate grams in one tablet. Then, figure out how many you need to take to get 15-20 grams of carbohydrate and make a note of it.
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