By gunther123 Latest Reply 2014-11-28 17:09:48 -0600
Started 2008-12-29 16:47:44 -0600

Has anyone heard of the term brittle among type I diabetics. it's where their levels just go from off the charts and then drop to dangerously low. I had a friend who's friend was like that and he would have to literally force sugar into her mouth to prevent her from falling into a comma. I haven't heard of the term since. including here. can anyone shed some light on this?

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Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2009-01-04 18:59:30 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed, I was called a "brittle" diabetic. What that means is that just small changes in diet, excersize, medications, etc. can cause your diabetes to react "violently". Your blood sugar can skyrocket with no apparent cause and it can "bottom out" with no apparent cause.

It definitely is not fun.

Airtazz 2009-01-01 17:54:45 -0600 Report

I have personaly never heard of the term, however, I have been having the same kind of problems over the last 6 months. I have had to hospitalized 3 times because of my blood sugar spiking very very high then dropping out all of the sudden.

Melle Mae
Melle Mae 2014-11-28 17:09:48 -0600 Report

I was labeled brittle at a very young age and it stil continues today. It often describes abnormal and uncontrolled blood glucose levels. For instance, I ate the same things, exercised the same amount and took the same amount of insulin daily while hospitalized during my pregnancy regulated by physician. At no point during that stay was my blood glucose controlled or had the same reaction as the day before. It is very frustrating to be walking the line and never achieve control.

2008-12-29 22:19:27 -0600 Report

We had a discussion about this not long ago, I think someone brought it back up to the front of the recent discussions. It's not a good thing, it's scary and can be dangerous.