Current first aid guidelines advise that first aiders should give adults 15-20g of glucose for the treatment of diabetic hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). A popular source of this amount of glucose has always been 150ml of Lucozade Original. However, Lucozade Energy have recently announced that they will be lowering the sugar content in all of their flavoured drinks by more than 50% from April 2017. This means 150ml of Lucozade Original will no longer contain enough glucose to effectively treat hypoglycaemia in adults.
Commencing in April 2017, any first aider who gives Lucozade Original to treat hypoglycaemia should aim to give 200ml. The same amount of lemonade, Cola or pure fruit juice will also provide 15-20g of glucose. For children, the amount need only be 115ml (10g of glucose).
The reason for the change is the introduction of the 2018 sugar tax in the UK. It’s likely that other fizzy drinks will also see a reduction in their sugar content in the near future. Also, both the new and old bottles of Lucozade will be available to the public in the upcoming months. Therefore, it is important that first aiders check the labels of any Lucozade products and other fizzy drinks they are administering for the treatment of hypoglycaemia.