Lucozade is changing its formula and people with diabetes have been warned that they need to take care
THE Lucozade formula is changing soon and people diabetes have been warned.
Many people have been recommended to drink Lucozade Energy Original when their blood glucose is low.
But they need to be aware that the formulation of the drink is changing from April 2017 and it won't be advertised on the bottle.
Lucozade Energy Original will now contain around 50% less glucose-based carbohydrates so the amount needed to treat low blood sugar, or hypoglycaemia, will change.
Hypoglycaemia, often referred to as a "hypo", can be a side-effect of insulin and taking some diabetes medications.
A Diabetes charity spokesperson said: "A blood glucose level below 4mmol/L is considered hypoglycaemia and if you have frequent low blood glucose levels, you should talk to your doctor as your medication may need to be reduced.
Normal guidelines for treating a ‘hypo’
Check your blood glucose if you are feeling shaky or unwell and if it is less than 4mmols/l, take some fast acting carbohydrate immediately, e.g. A glass (150 mls) of non-diet mineral/sugary drink or 150mls fruit juice or three to four glucose sweets, dextrose or Lucozade tablets
If you use Lucozade for treatment, you will now need 170mls to treat a hypo.
Follow up with some starchy carbohydrate, e.g. two plain biscuits or a sandwich, a glass of milk or your next meal if due
Check your blood glucose level 10 -15 minutes later
If blood glucose levels remain less than 4mmol/l, repeat step 1 again
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