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  1. CALpumper
    CALpumper June 12, 2009 at 6:53 am | | Reply

    I would say “Fer Sheer” Front Page News!
    They look yummy. Not At All chalky-choky!
    Me likie. ;-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Scott
    Scott June 12, 2009 at 7:06 am | | Reply

    You will find the 50-year old “Smarties” candies contain the exact same ingredients (and are now sold in “Tropical Flavors”, too) to be comparably small (each “tablet” is 0.6 grams of carbohydrate), and even better, they sell for a fraction of the price, plus they’re available in candy stores, as well as supermarkets and other stores nationwide. BTW, I do not have ANY vested interest in any of these companies, but find the products to be the most under-rated treatment for hypos anywhere!

  3. George
    George June 12, 2009 at 8:13 am | | Reply

    2 things.

    1. I love this. sometimes I swear I almost gag on those giant tabs. These are great!

    2. I thought I was the only person who used the word “snarf.” :) You rock!

  4. k2
    k2 June 12, 2009 at 9:08 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the heads up Amy!
    Way to go DEX4 – I can’t wait to try them, and the fact that they are easy to carb calculate is a huge plus!
    Kelly K
    PS: I used to be a big fan of “Bacon Bits,” but something tells me these Bits are much better for me!

  5. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth June 12, 2009 at 9:14 am | | Reply

    Interesting idea, but I’d only use it if my sugar was on the low side (65-75) without actually being low. To raise myself from the 30′s, even the 40′s, I have to eat about 20g of carbs (and I’m not about to count out 20 of these and shove them in my mouth when I’m that low.)

    Also, it looks like the bottle only has 60 bits, and I’m too much of a penny pincher to spend that much to treat 2-3 lows, when a pack of Sweet Tarts costs about a dollar. Guess it’s a good idea for fine tuning, though.

  6. ChrisK
    ChrisK June 12, 2009 at 9:22 am | | Reply

    whoa… ONe Sweet Tart really has 13g carbs? how do they fit 3 times as much carb in something smaller than a regular glucose tablet?

  7. Strawberry
    Strawberry June 12, 2009 at 9:28 am | | Reply

    The SweetTarts I buy in the big roll are about 2g each, and the littler ones that come in the “movie pack” size are about 1.3g each. Same thing for a lot less money. Do they make giant ones that are 13g each?! Haven’t seen those.

  8. George Bridgeman
    George Bridgeman June 12, 2009 at 9:30 am | | Reply

    As Elizabeth said, 1g of carb per bit is nowhere near enough to easily fix a hypo. 10g of carb will raise blood glucose by between 2-3mmol/l (no idea what that is in American units, I’m afraid) and 20g of carb is going to bring you out of a hypo properly.

    Trying to suck down 20 of those bits is madness. If my glucose was still dropping, I’d be out cold before I’d even finished eating them! They’re not in the most easy to carry box, either!

    Jelly Babies are the way forward for hypo fixes. Easy and tasty to eat, and you only need 4 to get 20g.

  9. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson June 12, 2009 at 10:28 am | | Reply

    I think this is a cool idea.

    Does a low blood sugar always call for an even 4 grams of carbohydrates?

    I (still) use my Cozmo (and plan to for a long time). There is a feature on it called “Hypo Manager” that can help recommend how many grams of carbs are needed to treat a low (or prevent one based on insulin on board). Sometimes I might only need three grams – how are you going to pull that one off with glucose tabs?

    Plus, we like new stuff. :-)

  10. LindaB
    LindaB June 12, 2009 at 10:41 am | | Reply

    nice idea,but, when your dropping like a roc, who can count? I do think It’s a great idea for kids, especially the littler ones. My cousins son is T1 like me, he was 3 when diagnosed, he wuld cry when he was low, and was not crazy about the bigger tabs, perfect for them.

  11. Megan
    Megan June 12, 2009 at 11:47 am | | Reply

    These are great for those of us with young children who have type 1. One carb raises my son about 10 points, so sometimes all he needs is a couple of carbs. We got a sample of them at the CWD Chicago event, and they got two thumbs up from my 5 year old. (My non-D two year old likes them too.)

  12. elmas
    elmas June 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm | | Reply

    i’m also a sweetarts guy! especially in this economy. i like them not only because they are cheap and easy to carry, but they taste “good enough”, by this i mean that i don’t want something “delicious” that i can’t bring myself to stop eating.

    that’s why i don’t treat my hypos with sour patch bears or m&m’s.


  13. Chris
    Chris June 14, 2009 at 4:50 am | | Reply

    totally ridiculous. 1 gram each?!
    i take tablespoons of honey and syrup, i need 15grams or more.

    i’m not eating 15 (!!) of those things! i get a very upset stomach when my sugars crash.
    agreed with the penny pincher up there – one bottle’s ONLY gonna treat 3 to 4 lows. They look tasty but i’m gonna stick with honey and syrup until they come out with a little “bit” that packs a powerful 15g punch. i tell yah,. that’s what I’VE been waiting for!

  14. Wendy
    Wendy June 14, 2009 at 11:53 pm | | Reply

    Cool! PS — Thanks for posting that tid bit about the fact that they’re gluten free…my daughter also has celiac…

  15. Harry
    Harry June 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm | | Reply

    I think it’s a neat idea, they just seem really big for only being 1g each. I would think there’s a lot of “filler” in there. But what?

  16. Jan
    Jan June 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    You did not mention how they taste, though. Or did I misread. Do they taste like Sweet Tarts. If your low is a high low, you can use Cheese its (1.3 grams per cheese it) or one large grape is one gram. Otherwise, it may be cheaper to use individually wrapped large Lifesavers (4 grams) or a roll of Smarties (6 grams). If they are really tasty, I’ll look for the bits when I go to Target

  17. Marty
    Marty June 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm | | Reply

    I do a ton of work with Dex4 as my client. Been type 1 for 20 years and had a lot of lows, the Dex4 products works faster and better than anything else. Great people at Dex4; great products. About two months ago, Dex4 wisely started give away free product through their eNewsletter sign up (little insider info: next eNews is going to be about the new GlucoBits). Check it out:

  18. Arielle
    Arielle June 17, 2009 at 10:34 am | | Reply

    If you’re talking about regular SweetTarts that come in a roll, one serving is 13 g of carb, but a serving has eight pieces. I know this because I have been using them for lows and am sitting here looking at the nutritional information. :)

  19. Maureen Reid
    Maureen Reid June 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm | | Reply

    I agree with some of the others here…I’ve been T1 for 30 years & when I have a low, usually 30-40′s, there”s no way I’m going to try & count out 15-20 of them things!! I’m not buying a bottle of expensive glucose ittybits either, that’s only going to treat 2-3 low episodes! That’s why I quit buying glucose tabs long ago, too expensive for small quantity!
    I have weekly low’s…and I’m on SS Disability, so therefore I’ve been using the rolls of Smarties for almost 10 yrs now…3 rolls is enough to keep me from crashing into the 20′s quickly…then I can decide if I need to eat more carbs. The Smarties are super easy to open and throw the whole roll in my mouth & crunch away…easy to carry in zipper pocket in my purse or jeans pocket or a fanny pack…you can buy a whole big bag of Smarties at the Dollar Store.

  20. Anne Findlay
    Anne Findlay June 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm | | Reply

    Sometimes it is helpful to just nudge my BG.. Skittles are cheap and also about 1 g each.

  21. elmas
    elmas July 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm | | Reply

    i just found this about smarties.
    even cheaper than i thought!
    don’t uou love this economy?

  22. RT
    RT August 14, 2009 at 8:36 am | | Reply

    I used to be a big fan of “Bacon Bits,” but something tells me these Bits are much better for me!

  23. Acai B
    Acai B August 14, 2009 at 8:36 am | | Reply

    I know this because I have been using them for lows and am sitting here looking at the nutritional information.

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  26. Joyce Gilpin
    Joyce Gilpin August 5, 2013 at 8:21 am | | Reply

    How much do these glucose bits cost??

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