Treatment of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level)

Depositphotos_100752912_largel

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The nutritional content of Lucozade Energy is changing…

The carbohydrate content of Lucozade Energy is being reduced by approximately 50%.  Therefore if you use lucozade to manage your low blood sugar levels, you will need to take increase the amount of Lucozade you take.

From April 2017, the new Lucozade bottles and cans will be available.  For a period of time, both old and new versions may be on the shelves together.  It is therefore important that you remember to check the label for the amount of carbohydrate it contains.

To correct a hypo (low blood sugar level) you need to take 15g of rapidly absorbed carbohydrate.  The new Lucozade product contains 8.9g carbohydrate per 100mls.  Therefore you will now need to take 170mls to get 15g of carbohydrate to correct your hypo.

It is important to check labels regularly to ensure you are getting the right amount of carbohydrate as other brands of fizzy drinks may also change their sugar content

Barbara Gillman, Clinical Specialist Renal Dietitian, Mater Misercordiae University Hospital