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  1. KristinW
    KristinW October 10, 2011 at 6:29 am | | Reply

    Favorite flavor: Reeses PB cups!!

  2. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter October 10, 2011 at 6:56 am | | Reply

    Watermelon, when I can find it.

  3. allison
    allison October 10, 2011 at 7:08 am | | Reply

    I have been T1 diabetic (on a pump) for 16 years and only used glucose tablets for maybe the first year. They are difficult to lug around, even in a tube, the texture is unappealing, and they are expensive. The BEST thing I’ve found is fruit snacks – cheap (buy in bulk!), easy to carry (don’t get crushed and chalky), and the perfect amount of sugar (21g per pack is just right almost every time). I get them from Target but if you want organic I’m sure you can get them. Don’t throw your money away on glucose tabs!!

  4. Judi
    Judi October 10, 2011 at 7:17 am | | Reply

    I loved the Sour Apple flavor, but that seems to have been discontinued, at least in my area. Also great are the little balls made by Dex4, with 1 carb each. Sometimes, at least for me, 4 carbs is just too much, and those little Dex4 balls are great. Hopefully, they will go all natural in the future.

    1. Janis STone
      Janis STone July 31, 2012 at 11:58 am | | Reply

      Can you tell me what brand of fruit snacks you are speaking of? Thank you very much.

  5. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog October 10, 2011 at 7:30 am | | Reply

    Q loves the orange cream GlucoLift tabs.

    I too try to avoid artificial colors in the foods I serve my kids. It’s difficult to do. I spend hours (okay, maybe 5 minutes) in the aisle every time I buy their vitamins to make sure they don’t have dyes.

  6. Matt Fishburn
    Matt Fishburn October 10, 2011 at 7:50 am | | Reply

    CanAm Care’s “Smart Choices” calculator distorts the serving size. If you treat a hypo with 5oz of juice, you’ll have the exact same calorie intake as treating the hypo with 4 glucose tabs. The calculator also assumes that all calories are converted directly into additional weight, which is non-sense.

    Disappointing to see company propaganda passed on to end users without even basic fact checking. :(

  7. Sysy
    Sysy October 10, 2011 at 8:14 am | | Reply

    These are so great and I’m looking forward to trying them soon. When blood sugar is low we require glucose. When we take juice or candy we are getting fructose that needs to convert to glucose and therefore the effect isn’t as fast on blood sugars. Not only that but fructose overloads the liver causing us to have a rise in triglycerides and who needs cholesterol problems when diabetes might already elevate our heart disease risk? I’m all for treating with glucose tablets, and even better-natural ones like these.

  8. Michael Ratrie
    Michael Ratrie October 10, 2011 at 8:53 am | | Reply

    Another eye-opening blog, thanks Allison!

    Sysy brings up a great point on actually getting glucose in the body, BTW.

    Overtreating? For sure! Early on in my diabetes life, I tried everything to avoid those nasty B-D blocks of chalk, the result was the classic Mt. Everest highs after a low. Once I went on the pump and was able to have a more predictable activity with my insulin, I wanted to stay away from Mt. Everest. Dex4 has been a good answer for me (no problem w/orange!)

    Fair Winds my D-friends,
    Mike

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

    @Matt – I think the “Smart Choices” calculator was meant as a general tool to remind us that when we treat lows with food, sweets, and sugary drinks, we’re taking in a lot of unwanted extras — rather than just the pure sugar needed at that moment.

    I seriously doubt that our mentioning it here is misleading anyone, Matt. We all get that it’s a marketing tool — and kind of a clever one at that ;)

  10. Ted
    Ted October 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm | | Reply

    The DEX4 liquid shots are the best in terms of treating a low quickly.
    They are ridiculously difficult to open – that’s why I open them beforehand and tighten the cap.

  11. Michael Hoskins
    Michael Hoskins October 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm | | Reply

    Ok there, I take offense to your that those old BG tabs were “known and hated by almost anyone who tried them”… Actually, I LOVED them and as a kid used to sneak them and treat them like candy. I was so bummed when those were discontinued. Of course, I do certainly like most flavors of the newer ones, and treat them the same ways.

    :) )

    But what a cool topic, and how interesting on the organic front!! I’m going to find those and try them – especially since they’re orange, another favorite of mine! Yes, I’m weird…

    Thanks for the update, Allison!

  12. Matt Fishburn
    Matt Fishburn October 11, 2011 at 12:14 am | | Reply

    To quote the article, “CanAm Care is also a big advocate of getting folks to make the switch from treating low blood sugars with juice or soda to treating them with glucose tabs. Why? To sell product, of course. But also to help with your health! Because if you treat just three low blood sugars a week (the average for a PWD) with juice, you’re consuming 26,000 extra calories a year!”

    When I say passing on the company propaganda, this is literally what I mean. Stating someone is consuming 26k extra calories per year when you don’t know how a diabetic actually treats his/her lows nor the serving amounts is stating a fact about someone without acquiring the information to check that the fact is true. I can see why, based on cost alone, a person would want to treat hypos with juice.

    I think it is unfair to assume that people troubled with portion control won’t have the same problem with tabs as they have with juice. If you can’t manage to use only 5 oz of juice, how are you going to manage to eat just four tabs?

    1. Sharon Henderson
      Sharon Henderson December 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | | Reply

      I have hypoglycemia unawareness/unresponsiveness and I cannot hold a glass of anything if my sugar gets below 20 however if it is handed to me I am able to eat a glucose tablet. They have saved me from a hospital bill many a time!

  13. Meg
    Meg October 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | | Reply

    I have to agree with Matt. And actually, it’s insulting to assume people with diabetes are too hapless to treat lows with juice. Oh, and how do you manage to eat just four tabs – easy (if past experience is any indication!) – the real question is how do you manage to get four chalky tablets down without choking.

    So, it’s great new products are being developed. Tell us about the advantages. Are scare tactics necessary for marketing?

  14. AmyT
    AmyT October 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm | | Reply

    @Matt – OK, point well taken. We can’t verify that it’s a full 26K extra calories per year. We’d appreciate a math/tech expert like yourself vetting that number — although the fact remains that you DO take in a lot of extra calories / fat / chemicals when treating with other stuff. Thx!

  15. Joltdude
    Joltdude October 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm | | Reply

    Iv actually tried the Dex4 Natural Orange, and I like it a lot better (tastewise) than the original… Its not bad.. Though i wonder if the natural tablets are a tad larger than the original ones, for some reason I wasn’t able to refill my old dex4 rolls with the new tabs.. Once the plastics gone, they have also done away with the foil, and theres some give to the plastic wrap seal, so it is easier to open the bottle, if you didn’t preopen the bottle when you got it.

  16. KG
    KG November 3, 2012 at 9:31 am | | Reply

    Why is there no mention of USDA Organic, nor Non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) certified for Dex4 Naturals (D4N)? I just hope when food is required to be labeled GMO, these products also must be labeled. It’s great that there is no artificial ingredients; however, I will take ORGANIC JUICE over GMO products any day. Especially when considering GMO’s are suspected as having caused a severe increase in a multitude of diseases (including auto-immune diseases like diabetes) in rats and other animals.

  17. KG
    KG November 3, 2012 at 9:32 am | | Reply

    Why is there no mention of USDA Organic, nor Non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) certified for Dex4 Naturals (D4N)? I just hope when food is required to be labeled GMO, these products also must be labeled. It’s great that there is no artificial ingredients; however, I will take ORGANIC JUICE over GMO any day. Especially when considering GMO’s are suspected as having caused a severe increase in a multitude of diseases (including auto-immune diseases like diabetes) in rats and other animals.

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