Diabetes type 1 sufferers could eat some jelly beans to stop blood sugar levels getting too low, a diabetes doctor has revealed.
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Dr David Cavan, writing in his book ‘Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes’, said munching 10 of the sugar-rich morsels would be enough to sufficiently raise blood sugar levels.
“In order to increase blood sugar levels as soon as possible, (during a low blood sugar, hypoglycaemic, event), the ideal option is a sugar-rich food or drink,” he wrote.
Dr Cavan advised consuming a 15 gram sugar-rich snack to help raise blood sugar levels.
For diabetes sufferers, it is important to avoid low blood sugar, hypoglycaemia, as these could be “life-threatening”.
Healthline, a website which advises diabetes sufferers, said severely low blood sugar may lead to seizures and nervous system damage if not treated quickly.
Other ways to raise blood sugar levels include eating four jelly babies, three large marshmallows or six fruit pastilles.
All are sugar-laden and will quickly help raise blood sugar levels.
“Once you have treated the hypoglycaemia, it is important to try and identify what caused it,” continued Dr Cavan.
“The easy bit is that, fundamentally, there is only one reason a person has a hypo – there is too much insulin in their system. The key is to work out why that is the case.
Common causes of low blood sugar can include taking too much insulin, having too much basal insulin or being more active than usual, he added.
Low blood sugar is diagnosed when levels fall below four mmol/L in the bloodstream, according to the NHS.
Symptoms of low blood sugar include sweating, feeling hungry, tingling lips and dizziness, according to the national healthcare provider.
“A low blood sugar causes different symptoms for everybody,” they said online.
“You’ll learn how it makes you feel if you keep getting it, although your symptoms may change over time.
“A low blood sugar can be dangerous if it’s not treated promptly, but you can usually treat it easily yourself.”
The NHS added low blood sugar levels could be prevented by regularly checking blood sugar levels, always carrying a sugary snack and not skipping meals.
They added taking care when exercising and drinking alcohol can also help diabetes type 1 sufferers avoid hypoglycaemia.
“Don’t drink large amounts in a short space of time, and avoid drinking on an empty stomach,” they wrote.
“Eating a carbohydrate-containing snack before exercise can help reduce the risk of a hypo. If you take insulin, you may be advised to take a lower dose before or after doing strenuous exercise.”
Eating a carbohydrate snack before bed could also help a sufferer avoid low blood sugar during the night.