We all know that a glucose tablet or glucose gel is the proper way to treat a low, but that isn’t always what happens. Sometimes people with Type 1 diabetes are forced to fend off hypoglycemia with whatever is within arm’s reach.
According to an extremely informal Facebook poll, here are 10 weird “foods” people with Type 1 diabetes have used to treat a low:
Vanilla coffee creamer
Sweet mustard. Man, did I feel horrible afterwards.
Canned cat food, off a spoon on the counter.
Sugar from the teacher’s lunchroom. I just poured it straight from the jar into my mouth and crunched.
Cake frosting spread on hot dog buns
A partial jar of maraschino cherries in the middle of the night. It worked, but it was about 10 years before I could eat another maraschino cherry.
My wife has taken shots of Hershey’s chocolate syrup.
I was so low and out of it that I ate a scented wax cube. It didn’t help the low, but it wouldn’t let me go back to sleep. Every burp was cucumber melon flavored all day.
This list might be a good reminder to be prepared for lows with more…appetizing solutions. If you would like to add to the list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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