Diabetes: Eat four gummy bears to raise blood sugar and avoid a hypoglycaemic event

Diabetes type 1 sufferers must immediately act to raise their blood sugar levels if they fall too low.

If blood sugar falls to “severe” low levels it could result in life-threatening seizures and nervous system damage.

Dr David Cavan, a diabetes consultant with 20 years experience, called on sufferers to eat 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrate whenever their blood sugar levels dip below normal.

Writing in his book ‘Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes’, Dr Cavan said: “In order to increase the low blood sugar levels as soon as possible, the ideal option is a sugar-rich food or drink.

“It is recommended to eat a 15 gram fast-acting carbohydrate and then wait 10 – 15 minutes, re-test and if the sugar level is still below four mmol/l, treat again with a further 15 gram carbohydrate.”

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