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  1. reyna
    reyna April 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | | Reply

    So my juicy juices and Starbursts for Joe are a no-no?

    And…the athletic component is inspiring. I love that there are so many great expamples for Joe. Thanks for sharing the resources you lazy ass :)

  2. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson April 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm | | Reply

    Great post Wil, as usual. Love your additions here!

  3. Richard
    Richard April 10, 2011 at 12:38 am | | Reply

    I always use glucotabs because they don’t take up alot of space and they don’t go bad fast. So I can keep some in every bag and coatpocket and always have some on me. One package fits perfectly next to my meter in my metercase, which has obvious advantages as well.
    And now you’re actually telling me they’re the best option for other reasons? go figure!

  4. Chuck Peters
    Chuck Peters April 10, 2011 at 2:23 am | | Reply

    I just sent an email with some questions and it bounced from a Google group… Very bad! Who are your administrators? I didn’t expect my email to be automatically published to a website. I have been running mail servers since 1995, and if I had seen this happen on a server I maintain the group/website would be shut down and/or deleted ASAP! Email has some expectation of privacy!


  5. M
    M April 10, 2011 at 6:34 am | | Reply

    Ummmmm…dextrose is a form of glucose. Glucose comes in different stereoisomers, which are orientations of the atoms in a molecule, and dextrose is one of forms, the most common one found in nature. So why would you say to carry glucose and not dextrose…it is like saying to carry glucose but not glucose. The advice sounds a bit…suspect..

  6. Wil
    Wil April 10, 2011 at 7:49 am | | Reply

    Chuck– OMG! I had no idea that happens/happened. Let me check into this and find out what’s going on. Please accept my appoligies.

  7. Auntly H
    Auntly H April 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm | | Reply

    Re: exercise: readers who are women with diabetes might also want to check out

  8. Kristin
    Kristin April 11, 2011 at 5:59 am | | Reply

    Love this post! What a nice, fresh addition to the usual excellent content Amy gives us. Thanks for bringing in new bloggers, Amy! Didn’t think I’d like them as much as your writing, originally, but I really do!

  9. Sysy
    Sysy April 11, 2011 at 7:19 am | | Reply

    This was so entertaining. I must admit I have had 5 bowls of fruity pebbles before when really low. I also admit to carrying juice and NEVER glucose with me. I don’t like juice though, I just find it cheap and I suppose since I rarely go under 50 it works for me.

    However, for those times I do go under 50 or have a quickly plummeting low, I do need glucose. So off I go today to CVS to get me some. And you’re right, the candy I sometimes get ends up being a problem whereas the glucose tablets kind of haunt me and make me never want anything sweet EVER again.

  10. AmyT
    AmyT April 11, 2011 at 9:04 am | | Reply

    @Chuck – there was some kind of glitch with the email (although nothing was posted on any public Google group) Thank you for alerting us to this! We are working feverishly on getting this fixed.

    On that note, we’d appreciate a few test emails to

  11. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston April 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm | | Reply

    Oh my, this had me laughing out loud in self-recognition! Sooo busted!!!!

    Well Wil, I just about wrote you off after the off-color remark about prostitutes in response to the inquiry abt ED in db men, but, well, this column was way helpful (so yes, you’re redeemed.) (For now.;-)

    My glucose tabs say “dextrose” as the chief ingredient. So yeah, I don’t get the difference. And I think there’s another reason our kind reaches for the 5 bowls of Sugar Frosted Flakes: the LOW makes us feel super-human! – sometimes I feel like my metabolism is SO fast when I’m low, chemically, that I can inhale 5 bowls of cereal without blinking an eye! (rational thought be damned!)

    Also, one reason I tend to drink juice boxes over glucose (hooray for those little vacuum-packed buggers – they weren’t around 25 years ago!) is because I think it’s more nutritional than glucose, and doesn’t have the preservatives in the glucose liquid shot. (Then again, who needs vitamins and nutrients when you’re mind-numbingly low!)

    Anyway, great post. It stopped me from reaching for the Girl Scout cookies at the office today when I was 60!

  12. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog April 14, 2011 at 6:59 am | | Reply

    I wrote a post not long ago that listed the cost per gram of carb for treating lows listing several ways of getting sugar into your body. (Read it here:

    Glucose tabs are the most expensive.

    But your post got me thinking: Am I doing my daughter a disservice by giving her the lowest cost source of sugar Smarties? (Not only are they the cheapest, but they are a heck of a lot more fun.)

    So, questioning myself, I looked at the labels of the Dex4 glucose tabs we have in our cabinet, some Relion ones (which is weird that I have them because I literally go to Walmart only once every year or two), and Smarties.

    The first ingredient of ALL of them is dextrose. Not glucose. But dextrose.

    The reason I questioned the decision I made months ago is that you mention that you need “glucose” not “dextrose” to be the quickest acting. But here I am with four different bottles in my cabinet that all say “glucose tabs” that are not in fact made with glucose, they are dextrose.

    Am I missing something?


  13. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston April 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | | Reply

    Really great post, Leighann – thanks for sharing it (who knew I could get Dex4 Glucose Tabs cheaper at Target than CVS? Not me!)

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