10 Weird Things People Have Eaten for Lows

Don’t read this list if you’re feeling queasy. Take our word on this.

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
-Max C.

Read “A Way to Stop Binge Eating for Lows.”

Sweet mustard. Man, did I feel horrible afterwards.
-Anna J.

insulin_nation_chocolate_cake_nacho_cheese_a_500pxChocolate cake and nacho cheese. It happened.
-Randy A.

Canned cat food, off a spoon on the counter.
-Diana R.


Sugar from the teacher’s lunchroom. I just poured it straight from the jar into my mouth and crunched.
-Kelly B.

insulin_nation_moldy_jelly_500pxI scooped jelly out of a moldy jar with my fingers while laying on the floor next to the fridge.
-Necole B.

Cake frosting spread on hot dog buns
-Angie P.

Read “The 12 Types of Lows.”

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.
-Berea F.

My wife has taken shots of Hershey’s chocolate syrup.
-Blake H.


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.
-Jimmy O.

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 cidlebrook@epscomm.com.

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Craig Idlebrook is a past editor for Insulin Nation, Type 2 Nation, and Información Sobre Diabetes. He is now the community engagement and content manager for T1D Exchange.