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What is dextrose?

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Dextrose is a simple sugar that is similar in chemical makeup to glucose made from corn. Because it is a simple sugar, it is easily absorbed by the body making it valuable as a rescue medication for people with very low blood sugars.

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Dextrose is available in different forms including gels, tablets, intravenous and intramuscular mixtures—intramuscular being for injections. All of these forms allow for rapid absorption by the body and a quick rise in blood sugar levels. People who suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) often carry gels or tablets to treat symptoms of low blood sugar quickly.

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