Hello folks! As someone who is allergic to corn (all glucose tablets/gels are made from it), can you share if you’ve found any good alternatives to glucose tabs? I have been using maple syrup and/or honey for a long time, both of which are about 50% glucose. Here of late though, they take FOREVER to bring my sugar up. It’s causing major sleep disruptions, and I find myself overtreating unwillingly. For example, you would think a spoon of maple syrup with 7+ grams of sugar would at least START to raise your bloodsugar within an hour, but often this in not the case; and will almost always result in an overtreatment/high sugar a few hours later. (I try to follow Dr. Brownstein’s chart so I don’t overtreat.) Fruit juice seems to have the same problem. The curious thing is, this delayed effect doesn’t happen during the day. It seems that something about being horizontal is making it so the sugar doesn’t metabolize or something. How is that even possible?
For example, last night just before midnight I dropped below 55, got up, took 1.5 tsp of honey, then went back to bed. Knowing the sugar delay has been an issue, I shut off my bluetooth cause I just wanted to get some sleep. I wake up about three hours later, turn the bluetooth back on, and look at the chart to discover my blood sugar never got over 60 the entire time. So I went and took another 1.5 tsps of honey. So of course at 6:15, less that 3 hours later when my alarm goes off, I’m at 251. It’s like all 3 tsps of honey took effect all at once.
This never used to be an issue, so I would love to hear if anyone else has had similar experiences or has any suggestions. (And yes I have been calibrating to make sure the CGM is correct). I have been at this 40 years now, I’m not a novice, and am thoroughly befuddled. Thanks all!