Using fast-acting carbohydrates to treat lows is important because the faster those carbs can be digested, the faster they will raise your blood sugar level.
Here are a variety of fast-acting carbs to keep on hand. Remember, most lows call for about 15 grams of carbohydrate, then wait 15 minutes, then check your blood sugar again. If you’re still low, treat again with 15 more grams of carb.
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