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By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2012-04-19 10:45:35 -0500
Started 2012-02-24 11:00:15 -0600

1. Why is it that I have nights where I feel like I am dying, and then the next morning my sugar is like in the 80's or 70's?

2. Can diabetes affect a food allergy? I am lactose intolerant. But I do take medicine for it.

3. Can diabetes really affect a woman's pregnancy? Just asking, even though I am planning on not having a baby.

7 replies

Caroltoo 2012-03-02 00:50:56 -0600 Report

I'm not sure what you mean when you say you feel like you are dying, but I'm going to take a guess at this. I've had nights when I've dreamed I was dying and have awakened to find my BG were low for me (not dangerously low, just lower than I'm used to at night). This has only happened when I have a protein snack just before bed on a night when my BGs were already around 90 at bedtime. I am now snacking more carefully, cause I don't like the feeling of fear awakening this way causes me.

Another possibility is a more generalized condition of anxiety because rapidly changing blood glucose levels do leave us feeling emotionally unstable for a while.

Food allergies can and do affect your diabetes, so it's not a stretch to think your diabetes could affect the allergies. Generally, lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance both contribute to less than optimal absorption of nutrients from your food through the wall of the intestines. These nutritional deficits stress the body and stress increases our BGs via the diabetic response.

Diabetes can occur during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and may lead to full blown D later in a woman's life. During gestation it is important to carefully monitor the baby's growth and development in utero because everything that is happening in mom's body is also going to directly impact the fetus. Most doctors try to have moms maintain tighter control so their lows aren't as low and their highs aren't as high. This creates a more healthy environment for the child's growth.

MrsCDogg 2012-02-28 10:45:30 -0600 Report

Diabetes affects EVERY part of the body. So, yes it does affect pregnancy. Some women become diabetic only when they are pregnant. It is called gestational diabetes. I'm not sure if it will affect a food allergy. There are times when I have the feeling of "I'm going to die if I don't move". I didn't know that anyone else had that feeling. I have found, however, that when I have that feeling that my blood sugar is ALWAYS less than 100. But I don't have it every time blood sugar is that low. I'm sure there is some name for that feeling. Glad to know that someone besides me feels it!!

roshy 2012-04-19 10:45:35 -0500 Report

yeah, diabetes is linked with celiac disease, if your type one theres a 20% chance you might develop the condition!! we're still learning about the conddition, but as you said, it effects every aspect of the body so the best lesson learned is take care of your body and it should take care of you!!!

Nyu-chan 2012-03-01 18:13:33 -0600 Report

But why is it that we have those moments, or what causes it? When we feel like we're dying.

annesmith 2012-03-23 01:56:34 -0500 Report

I have had that for years, and been diabetic for years. In my case, I found out it was not my was very real…not to scare you. It was due to the fact that my blood sugars were either extremely high while I was sleeping ( in the 600s or higher), or they had dropped dangerously low down to the 50s..I have been working harder on stabilizing them, but I have noticed a new problem cropping up..age. I am only 41, but ever since I turned around age 38, when I am tired, it is much more extreme, and I think I am not recovering as fast from the lows as I used to..that I am not sure of. I think if you are going low at night, feeling like you are dying ( like with me) means that yes, in fact, your body is strongly telling you to wake up ( literally) in the middle of the night and go get something to eat. This is why I am very very careful now to make darned sure that I am never hungry when I go to bed. ANNE

jayabee52 2012-03-02 00:28:28 -0600 Report

I really don't know what causes it Carrie! It could be an irrational fear, or it could be a very rational reaction to the fact that we are mortal. It depends on the situation.