A woman who fell into diabetic shock after her blood sugar levels fell dangerously low believes she only survived by eating — a whole pack of DOG biscuits.
Lisa Hodge, 39, thought she was doing to die when she suffered a dangerous ‘hypo’ while travelling with in a car with a friend.
In desperation, and with no sugary drink or glucose tablets to restore her levels, Lisa was left with no option but to munch on the life-saving canine treats.
If left untreated a hypo will cause unconscioussness and can prove fatal.
The packet of Bonio snacks were the only thing to hand when Lisa had her episode – and admitted she scoffed the whole box.
Lisa, of Plymouth, Devon, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14.
She said: “I was out with a friend when I had a hypo in their car – the only thing to hand was the dog biscuits so I ate the whole box.
“I ate a box of Bonios and they saved my life, I had a wet nose and wagging tail for the rest of the day.”
“It’s a true story and it does make people laugh. When people hear that you’re diabetic they don’t know how to react so it helps break the ice.”
Lisa has spoken of her experiences coping with the condition in a bid to raise awareness.
She said: “When I was a teenager I had hypos all the time. I was in a bit of a rebellious stage where I thought that none of the awful things would happen to me.
“When I was a teenager I tried not to be a diabetic. You think none of the things doctors warn you about will happen.
“But I had a few problems with my eyesight and started to go blind – all the partying and travelling started to take it’s toll.”
Lisa, who is married to Steve and has two children Harry, five, and Katie, added: “I wanted to have the best life I could and realised I needed to look after myself.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to have them and I have. I work hard and have travelled all over the world. Having diabetes doesn’t need to hold you back at all.”
Lisa works as a cleaner for two schools in Plymouth.
She said: “You have to be prepared and strict with yourself, but you can do anything you want to do.”