Since a low blood sugar can hit unexpectedly at any time, we insulin-dependents know that it’s imperative to have some quick-acting sugar on hand just in case.
For me, lows have often been known to hit when I am in the middle of something that doesn’t lend itself to a break — especially when I’m not with my wife, who carries a large enough purse to keep my supplies on hand for quick help if needed.
As a daily newspaper reporter and then a legal reporter for many years before joining the ‘Mine, I had to be quick on my feet and often found myself going low while out on assignment or sitting in a courtroom trying to comprehend complex legal arguments.
Photo illustration: Gluco-bulge in pocket
Glucose tabs have always been a favorite of mine because they are quick and easy to consume. (My wife has had to remind me they aren’t candy, too, because I’m that fond of eating them…)
The trouble is, as a guy, I struggle with “portable” glucose options. I don’t like toting bags or extra items along with me. And let’s face it: a tube of 10 tabs or yet bulkier items aren’t the most discreet for any man, especially in summer when you’re not wearing a jacket and it’s all going into the pants pockets.
Years ago, I used to like those individually-packaged white BD glucose tabs that were thin enough so I could toss ‘em in my pocket or even my wallet. But since those were discontinued, I’ve been searching for a suitable replacement.
Three new options are on my radar as good choices, these days. All are fully stocked in my home, desk, car, golf bag, and places I might be at when they’re needed:
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