20 August 2010

Diabetic hypoglycemia and its dangers

Hypoglycemia for those with diabetes can be serious, whether the person is type 1, on insulin or person with type 2, on insulin or oral medications as described here. Oral medications in some combinations or by themselves can cause hypoglycemia. Anyone on insulin can have hypoglycemia. See this article here and it refers to the video mentioned below. Your glucose meter needs to by used when hypoglycemia is suspected.

Until your body gets used to the lower levers of blood glucose, generally under a reading of 140 and near to 100, new people diagnosed with diabetes will often experience hypoglycemia symptoms even though they have blood glucose meter readings above 80. This is because their body misses the larger quantities of glucose. Hypoglycemia can be a problem below 70 mg/dl for many people.

Since glucose is the brain's primary fuel, your brain feels the following signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia: Headache, excessive sweating, blurred vision, dizziness, trembling, lack of coordination, depression, anxiety, mental confusion, irritability, heart palpitations, slurred speech, seizures, fatigue, and even coma and/or death. See this source for more on hypoglycemia – it has several pages.

Severe hypoglycemia can and does cause brain damage as shown in the video in this article published April 28, 2010. This is a dramatic example of the damage that can be caused by repeated episodes of hypoglycemia. What makes this so serious is the increase in risk for dementia.

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