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Re: [IP] Hypoglycemia Unawareness question



 The problem is too much insulin in your body at the time of your night time
lows and the best thing you can do is find someone who can show you how to
adjust your insulin dosage so that you no longer have lows in your sleep..

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 > On Jan 30, 2015, at 10:08 AM, Michael Plinski
<email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
> Hypoglycemia is probably like an alcoholic.  In both cases a diabetic
> doesn't recognize his or her lows and an alcoholic not knowing they are
> drunk.  In my case diabetic lows became hard to recognize do to age.  I have
> been told by a couple of endo's that our bodies adjust to the lows because
> of the frequency of having them.  Having less lows over a longer period of
> time I think will help the body recognize that you are having a low.
> Nocturnal Hypoglycemia is my worst enemy.  I can usually recognize have a
> low while awake but at night I am dependent upon setting a clock at 2:00 AM
> just to make sure.  I tend to run low at the time of the morning and many of
> times required me taking orange juice just so that I don't have a
> hypoglycemic episode.  I found some info on the internet that you may find
> interesting to note.
> 
> Hypoglycemia unawareness - Hypoglycemia unawareness occurs when you do not
> have the early symptoms of low blood sugar. As a result, you cannot respond
> in the early stages, and severe signs of low blood sugar, such as passing
> out or seizures are more likely. Being unaware of low blood sugar is a
> common occurrence, especially in people who have had type 1 diabetes for
> greater than 5 to 10 years.
> 
> Hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia unawareness occur more frequently in people
> who tightly control their blood sugar levels with insulin (called intensive
> therapy).
> 
> People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, are tired, or who take a
> beta-blocker (commonly used to control high blood pressure) may not notice
> their low blood sugar symptoms, or may not recognize that the symptoms are
> due to low blood sugar.
> 
> Hypoglycemia unawareness can also occur in people who take certain oral
> diabetes medications (eg, MicronaseR [glyburide]), especially in elderly
> people with heart or kidney disease.
> 
> Nocturnal hypoglycemia - Low blood sugar that occurs when you are sleeping
> (nocturnal hypoglycemia) can disrupt sleep but often goes unrecognized.
> Nocturnal hypoglycemia is a form of hypoglycemia unawareness. Thus, if you
> have nocturnal hypoglycemia, you are less likely to have symptoms that alert
> you to the need for treatment. Nocturnal hypoglycemia can be difficult to
> diagnose, and can increase the risk of hypoglycemia unawareness in the 48 to
> 72 hours that follow.
> 
> 
> 
> This past fall, I got to experience this first hand and it was not fun to be
> awakened by paramedics while lying on the bathroom floor. I am T2, dx 20 yrs
> ago, insulin for about the past 15 years. I have ALWAYS been quite aware of
> lows or even rapid drops from a higher number to a normal number.
> 
> My question - do you or have you - regained awareness? and if so, how long
> did it take. Since the incident I have let things ride on the high side. I
> often work evenings and weekends alone, and though I have a roommate (bless
> her, she was the one who found me in the floor), we often don't see each
> other for days, depending on work schedules.
> I am not so interested in forcing a low blood sugar to find out if I can
> notice it.
> 
> Tina
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