Hypoglycemia Unawareness

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-09-28 21:45:15 -0500
Started 2013-09-23 20:46:36 -0500

Do any of you have hypoglycemia unawareness on a regular basis? If so, what do you do about it and how do you catch when you have a low blood sugar?

13 replies

Anonymous 2013-09-28 21:45:15 -0500 Report

had it when i was on the pump. after it died at 2 am on easter, i went back to shots and now it's gone. wonder how long it will last…after almost 35 years w/ type-1, i'm just tired of it all.

cizzy21 2013-09-25 20:40:49 -0500 Report

I have hypoglycemia unawareness - I can't tell that I'm low until my legs feel a little wobbly. So when I check my BS, it's in the 30's or 40's. Doesn't matter if I've eaten or not, and I do check my bs regularly and count carbs so I know how much insulin to take. Since I'm type 1 brittle diabetic, I have to keep a super close eye on my bs. When I get low, I eat a few skittles, stay sitting down, then recheck in about 20 mins. Then I eat a small meal to keep it steady. Gets scary for me! Looking into getting a medical alert button as an extra precaution.

adamr1989 2013-09-25 20:27:25 -0500 Report

I had a incident with my blood sugar on 9/6/13. My mom got off work late and I work an 8 hour shift at a hospital as a Patient Transporter. So, got home about 5:30pm and fed the dogs and fish. Now, I don't eat til 6:00pm and I am usually tired after work. So, after I did all that I still hadn't had dinner. Was sitting on the couch. Then, went to lay on the floor. Luckily my Mom was home cuz I completely passed out and she figured it out after awhile. Half of what happened I don't remember. But, she got me up and I was screaming and being belligerent and she got me into my room and checked my blood sugar and it was 38. So, drank some milk. Now, I was not myself and I kept yelling that I was fine. Checks it again 49. Tried to get me to eat some peanut butter would not take it. So, she called the Paramedics. Paramedics came and got some glucose gel in me which I hate cuz of taste and texture. Makes me gag. I'm special ed. ADHD and Pervasive Development Disorder. So, certain textures and tastes of food I can't handle. But, they checked it and it was 65 and they stayed with us until it was 85 and I was my normal self.

clarissah 2013-09-25 17:59:04 -0500 Report

It's when your B/G falls to low so you need to eat something to bring it up or you can drink some orange juice.

pumper1 2013-09-25 10:47:38 -0500 Report

I completely agree with Shelly. I've been type 1 for 40 years now and had many lows when I was using lente insulin if I put off eating on the rigid schedule that was inherit on that type of insulin regimen. I've been pumping now for 14 years and has allowed a much more flexible life. Only when I forget to match my basal with my activity do I get lows that I don't feel happening til I'm in the 30s or 40s. My vision is my first cue. I've been told its mostly due to the tighter control that pumping allows me. My A1c averages 6.2 to 6.5 every 3 months. And loosening up my control for a few weeks seems to do the trick for a while. I always, always, carry glucose tabs with me. Mostly because I exercise alone and spend a lot of time walking/hiking alone.

IronOre 2013-09-24 12:13:53 -0500 Report

Hypoglycemia unawareness can be caused by those who keep their BS too low, then the body gets used to it being that way; then does not give the natural feelings to the body of being low.
For those of you who don't know it; 70-170 is what is considered ACCEPTABLE. In other words 169 is in the aceptable range so don't panic if it does get that high, and don't play games wioth yourself at keeping it as low as you can. You are only hurting yourself.
I am speaking a a person with 38 years of experience being a T1 diabetic with absolutely no issues because of it . . . and i too played that game with testing a zillion times a day and kept my BS as low as I could, and my doctor told me to stop that.

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2013-09-24 10:43:35 -0500 Report

I havent been able to tell high or low for quite sometime, (shaking,sweating,blurred vision dont happen any longer). I test my bs very frequently throughout the day. Thats all I can do to keep up on the bs's.

thiruvelan 2013-09-23 23:00:30 -0500 Report

Check at what time do you get low; if it is consistently at certain period then try include a snack around that time.

Try cut down your carb in your food and proportionally reduce your mealtime insulin. The carbohydrates are the culprit, which makes spikes & drops; thus if you lower it then there are more chance that both level & instances of spikes and drops get lowered.

Check your basal & bolus insulin and try finding which one leads you to hypoglycemia. Test, assess, and modify these insulin dose to prevent hypoglycemia.

Hope this can help you, sorry if not.

ShellyLargent 2013-09-23 22:24:55 -0500 Report

I've had it since after the first year of pumping, just one of those by-products of pumping and having super tight control… Usually about the time I start to have a blackening around my field of vision is about the time I catch I'm going low. By then I'm in the low 40's… I've started loosening up my numbers a bit and letting them go to as high as 150 or 160 after a meal before I correct for it. I also have toned down my basal rates and adjusted my insulin to carb ratios to allow slightly higher numbers for a bit. I do this for about a month, then go back to my original settings. This gives my body like a reboot and I can once again start to feel those lows when they are not as dangerous as before. Then when I have 2 or 3 super low episodes, I go back to my looser settings.

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