Low count

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2011-04-15 19:04:13 -0500
Started 2011-04-15 09:21:34 -0500

I would like to know how do you know when you are having a low count and you are sleeping? There are times you are so tired. Is this dangerous?

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kdroberts 2011-04-15 09:41:46 -0500 Report

Basically you don't know and it can potentially be fatal. One sign is that you have really vivid and crazy dreams. Another is unexplained high blood sugar in the morning, like going to bed at say 120 and waking up at 300. I asked about tiredness being a symptom and was told not really since anything that disrupts your sleep pattern will make you tired, high and low blood sugars will as can many, many more things that are not related to diabetes at all. The only way you will know is if you wake up every couple of hours and test or get a continuous glucose monitor. Generally speaking, unless you take insulin your risk of really dangerous night time lows is small. There is something that has been labeled as Dead in Bed Syndrome in the diabetic communities which is basically when you go to bed perfectly fine and then die during the night, it's thought that extreme low blood sugar is the cause of this.

What sort of blood sugar numbers do you normally see? If you only ever see lows in the 60's then you don't really need to be worried. If you go down to the 50's then its a slight concern but it's unlikely that it will cause any sort of major problem. It's when you start getting into the 20's and teens where you are in real, immediate danger. 30's and 40's are not to be taken lightly either but chances are that if you don't go lower, your body will naturally compensate.

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