Q. “What’s the best type of sugar to take when having a low blood sugar reaction? As a fairly well controlled Type 1 diabetic, I have frequent blood sugar lows. (The tighter my control the easier it is for me to end up with low glucose.) Because of this, I often consume 20 to 30 grams of high- glycemic foods to control the lower lows. So I am finding it hard to stay away from sugar completely.”
My first piece of advice is to eat more protein throughout the day. That will make it easier to control your blood-sugar levels ongoing–and probably with less insulin and fewer low blood-sugar reactions, too. (So be sure to continue to monitor your levels regularly and work closely with your doctor.)
That’s why I usually tell my patients to grab a few nuts or a piece of cheese when having these types of reactions. And they tell me that this sugar-free strategy works just as well.
If you must take sugar, though, I would opt for berries or cranberry juice.