Bug-out-bag item: Glucose tablets

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Bug-out-bag item: Glucose tablets

Post by Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash » Fri May 13, 2005 12:45 am

Ok,

I don't know if anyone else has posted about these, but I recently found out about a nifty survival item: glucose tablets. You can get them at Wal-Mart and likely other places for about $7 for a bottle of 50 tablets of one flavour. I've also seen a mixed box of 24 tabs for a measely $4. They are chewable and come in a variety of flavours. My mother is a diabetic, so thats how I found out about them.

You don't have to be a diabetic to get them. They are fast acting and would certainly help in an emergency situation.
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Post by Nightside_Eclipse » Fri May 13, 2005 11:38 am

Hmmm... what do they do?
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Post by Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash » Fri May 13, 2005 10:24 pm

Nightside_Eclipse wrote:Hmmm... what do they do?
They are quick energy supplements. Or, if you're diabetic/hypo-glycemic they keep you from croaking when your blood sugar levels drop.
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Post by Nightside_Eclipse » Fri May 13, 2005 11:10 pm

Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash wrote:
Nightside_Eclipse wrote:Hmmm... what do they do?
They are quick energy supplements. Or, if you're diabetic/hypo-glycemic they keep you from croaking when your blood sugar levels drop.
Oh.... well I can see how that would be useful. :D
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Post by Creaux » Mon May 16, 2005 1:40 am

That's a good reason to keep snickers or cliff or luna bars about. "Luna bars?" you say, "Those are for girls! Don't they have...girly stuff in them?"

Well, they taste a hell of a lot better than cliff bars, so there's that, even if they should turn out to be a gender reassignment in bar form.

But seriously, snickers has a surprisingly not wretched ammount of nutrition to it. Best of the common candy bars for such things.
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Post by mnmark » Fri May 27, 2005 11:30 pm

Glucose tabs, or the gel if you can get your hands on it, are great items for a BOB. As an ex-EMT, we used them all the time - I've used them on myself too.

If you have ever forgot to eat, or its been a long time since your last meal, and something just doesn't feel right - sudden anger/sadness, just want to sleep, irritable over little things, etc - it probably means your running low on glucose, which is all that your brain runs on (yes, it can use lactic acid, but we'll cover that later if you want).

Snickers and other enery bars are also great, but they do take a bit longer to hit your system, as your body has to digest the sugars in the candy/energy bars into their smaller building blocks. The glucose tabs & gel are already in glusose format, so they can be rapidly absorbed into your system. If you read the packaging, a lot of them even say to hold the product in your cheek or under your tongue, and let it absorb like a chew.

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Post by Oracle » Fri May 27, 2005 11:35 pm

Mentos are just as good as glucose tablets. It's not well-known unless you know diabetics, but Mentos primary ingredient is glucose, and they work almost exactly the same. My wife is diabetic, and she switched to the much less expensive Mentos from glucose tabs years ago.

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Post by Nightside_Eclipse » Sat May 28, 2005 10:36 am

Oracle wrote:Mentos are just as good as glucose tablets. It's not well-known unless you know diabetics, but Mentos primary ingredient is glucose, and they work almost exactly the same. My wife is diabetic, and she switched to the much less expensive Mentos from glucose tabs years ago.
So those Mentos ads aren't just BS, they actually have a basis in real life?
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Post by Oracle » Sat May 28, 2005 11:19 am

I don't know if they're the "Freshmaker", but they're certainly made of glucose :).

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Post by Jack Burton » Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:42 am

you can even used a plain old packet of sugar. table sugar is sucrose, but you have an enzyme in your saliva that breaks it down into glucose. so save some money and keep some sugar packs that you pick up the next time you go out and eat.

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Post by mobilesuithomer » Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:40 pm

Well, the fact that your brain runs on glucose sure cleared a few things up...

I'm gonna have to get some tabs/gel/whatever, or at least something similar.

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Post by Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash » Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:48 pm

mobilesuithomer wrote:I'm gonna have to get some tabs/gel/whatever, or at least something similar.
Go to the pharmacy section of your local Wally World (Wal-Mart) and you'll find them with the diabetic stuff. They are dirt cheap for a bottle of 50.
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Post by MCJ » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:25 pm

They sell glucose pills. They're multi-colored and they look like bears!
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Post by jamoni » Sun Sep 25, 2005 3:33 pm

I was looking at some of the gel at walgreens today, while stocking up my squad level med kit. Thought about picking some up, but I wanted to research them first. And of course ZS beat me to it! You guys rock!
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Post by Gunny » Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:51 pm

I picked up a few chewable tablets today from WalMart.

They're called Reli-On and come in a (I"m guessing) a watertight chapstick tube looking container.

Besides that, the good part is they're fruit punch flavored (sort of a semi-treat in a PAW) and cost me only about $1.50.

Good buy?

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Post by Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash » Thu Sep 29, 2005 3:24 am

Gunny wrote:I picked up a few chewable tablets today from WalMart.

They're called Reli-On and come in a (I"m guessing) a watertight chapstick tube looking container.

Besides that, the good part is they're fruit punch flavored (sort of a semi-treat in a PAW) and cost me only about $1.50.

Good buy?
Thats them. They also make a 50 count bottle (thats what I got). Hmmm, didn't know about the fruit punch flavour. I'll have to check into that one (Ive got Watermelon). And yes, they are an excellent buy!
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Post by Gunny » Thu Sep 29, 2005 11:08 am

Any idea how long these last? Mine don't have an exparation date, and also, I wonder if they're succeptable to moisture.

Let me know if you try these out. I was planning on not eating for a day and when I felt the effects of grogginess(sp), I'd pop one of these to see what happens.

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Post by Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash » Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:32 pm

Gunny wrote:Any idea how long these last? Mine don't have an exparation date, and also, I wonder if they're succeptable to moisture.
No clue as to how long they last. Should be good for a few years if they dont get wet, I guess.
Let me know if you try these out. I was planning on not eating for a day and when I felt the effects of grogginess(sp), I'd pop one of these to see what happens.
Already did that months ago. They work quick, trust me. :wink:
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Post by Gunny » Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:38 pm

Good things, thanks man.

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Post by nicklefish » Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:35 am

This is actually one of the first things I put in my BOB. Reason being I'm a wee bit on the hypoglaucimic side, so I'm sure these things are going to save my ass sooner or later. Wasn't there a thread about these little miracles some time ago?
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Post by Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash » Fri Sep 30, 2005 4:41 pm

nicklefish wrote:This is actually one of the first things I put in my BOB. Reason being I'm a wee bit on the hypoglaucimic side, so I'm sure these things are going to save my ass sooner or later.
Smart man! Yea, I'm the same way thats why I posted about it.
Wasn't there a thread about these little miracles some time ago?
Not sure. May have been a thread on the glucose gel by the folks that make Power Aid.
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Re: Bug-out-bag item: Glucose tablets

Post by 00dlez » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:02 am

Holy necro batman! 12 years!

That said, I think this is interesting and glad I saw it. No one in my immediate circles is diabetic (well, I have a cousin ~200 miles away who is, but...) so I'm pretty ignorant beyond the basics. These tabs (or any substitute suggested above) are just a very temporary solution, right? How many would you need to keep someone away from the edge for 8 hours? What about 3 days? Is that even possible? Would "abuse" of the tabs have any side effects?
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Re: Bug-out-bag item: Glucose tablets

Post by drop bear » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:03 pm

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Best tasting jelly beans anyway.

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Re: Bug-out-bag item: Glucose tablets

Post by Laevatein » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:50 pm

Pegasus_Shoulder_Flash wrote:Ok,

I don't know if anyone else has posted about these, but I recently found out about a nifty survival item: glucose tablets. You can get them at Wal-Mart and likely other places for about $7 for a bottle of 50 tablets of one flavour. I've also seen a mixed box of 24 tabs for a measely $4. They are chewable and come in a variety of flavours. My mother is a diabetic, so thats how I found out about them.

You don't have to be a diabetic to get them. They are fast acting and would certainly help in an emergency situation.
I use oral glucose ... I metabolizes much quicker, and it's a viscus liquid.
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