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[IP] Re: death from lows
There is a reason for the lows...too much insulin.
And since she only tests once a day, if that often, she might have more lows
than she realizes. She could also have autonomic neuropathies:
hypoglycemia unawareness, gastoparesis; or she might have decreased kidney
function and the insulin she injects is hanging around longer than expected.
Sounds like she needs good work up from her MD. She should take a BG record
that includes testing for at least before meals and at bedtime, with a few 3
am BG tests in there for consideration.
Also, consider her daily activities and her food intake. How old is she? Does
she have poor eating habits? Seems that her diet is restricted to the same
foods all the time? Yes, the comment about glucagon not working well was a
good one: If she is malnourished, or if she has been having too many low BGs,
then she won't have much glycogen stored in her liver to react to the
glucagon challenge. I recommend a visit to the MD before she has to make one
to the ER and ICU. Another thing to consider is that in middle aged and
elderly people, low BGs can lead to heart attack and strokes. There is some
medical evidence for that...mostly in medical textbooks.
Keep us posted on her progress.
>My fiance is extremely distressed and believes his> mother is going to die
within the next couple of weeks because she is going> low often recently.
Last week, she went so low that even after a glucagon> shot, she tested at
35. She doesn't test often, and basically just tries> to eat the same thing
every day and gives herself the same dosage all the> time. I have tried to
show her how important it is to test often, but she> is her own person, and
has decided she only needs to test once a> day.<
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