Learning About Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

Hypoglycemia is defined as having a blood glucose level less or equal to 70 mg/dL by American Diabetes Association (ADA). When blood levels drop to 70 mg/dL or below it causes palpitations, sweating, tremor, seizures, coma, and even rarely, death. Errors in medicating are among most cited causes of hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetes. Nocturnal hypoglycemia events are commonly associated with young type 1 diabetes patients rarely in type 2 diabetes. Hypoglycemic unawareness in type 1 diabetes patient is dangerous and masked hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetes patients is also dangerous if one operates dangerous machinery or while driving.

According to one of the publication by ADA titled “Hypoglycemia in Diabetes: Pathophysiology, Prevalence, and Prevention”, risk factors for hypoglycemia are:

1 Ill-timed insulin injection, wrong type of insulin or wrong dose

2 Missing meals or during overnight fasting

3 After alcohol ingestion

4 During or after exercise

5 After weight loss

6 Renal impairment

Hypoglycemia can be a problem for some if not able to control it in time and manage appropriately. Hypoglycemia problems must be discussed thoroughly with healthcare providers. The diligence in monitoring the blood glucose is the key in preventing hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia should not be taken lightly; at the same token should not be a cause for behavior changes such as exercise avoidance or lack of drug compliance (skipping meds). Since life style management involving increased physical activities for type 2 diabetes patients, managing hypoglycemia becomes very important. Individuals should check their blood glucose before each exercise and prepare to ingest carbs if needed and/or reducing insulin doses (consult your health providers if insulin reduction is needed while exercise).

Engage with your health professionals (primary doctor, diabetes educator, and pharmacist, etc) to learn and share your successes in managing your diabetes with others in a community supporting group.

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  • DON'T WE NOT HAVE ANY PARAMETERS FOR DIABETICS LIKE INDIAN DIABETIC ASSOCIATION.WHY SHOULD WE DEPEND ON ADA WHICH IS FOR COLD COUNTRY WHERE AS OURS IS A TROPICAL ONE.HERE ONE DOCTORS SAYS YOU ARE SAFE UP TO B/S LEVEL OF 200 WHEN YOU ARE USING MEDICINE.FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT.

  • ADA dictates terms across the world. Even if you have Indian counterpart they would be parroting the same thing. All the strings are pulled by Pharma industry. Money talks!

    However, SWEDEN has rejected the High Carb Low Fat fad.

    healthimpactnews.com/2013/s...

    Yes, doctors say upto 200 is safe as that will get one another customer for other issues like BP/CVD/ESRD/ etc etc over some period of time. It's safe for them as you become a perpetual cash machine by believing them :)

  • I agree what medfree has said about the parameters

    and regarding the safe reading beaing a doctor myself i would say any reading that crosses 170 mark is in need of attention

  • I go by 140 max per lab testing.

  • Being a doctor yourself, you go by 170. Some go by 140, still others by 120 and on the other extreme 200. Sooo, we have a range of 120-200. Even if one removes the 200, the range is still pretty wide at 120-170.

    This is just an observation :-)

  • 120 that too P/P

    which doctor considers it as an emergency when the normal P/P range is 110-140

    Just saying

  • I hit 99 and 91 for two days (y'day and today). On No drugs. Why should it be emergency if no pancreas whipping drugs are involved and there's nothing to indicate that pancreas is secreting insulin in uncontrolled manner?

    It may, just maybe, a thing of concern if on pancreas whipping drug or insulin. But still a long way off from 70.

  • medfree sir

    your readings 99 and 91 are your fasting ones or post meal?

  • After ~610kcal meal as noted here --

    healthunlocked.com/diabetes...

    I will add a 40 gram rotee loaded with butter tomorrow on same stuff and see where I land. I expect it to be ~110

  • Sure sir

    let me know the readings

    will be waiting :)

  • Will do. Will relive the last two days tomorrow with addition to 1 butter loaded chaptee and report back.

  • Here you go:

    Repeat (ie 3 egg omelet with cheese etc) but with addition of 1 Chapati with liberal use of butter and 1 serving of Dahi Vada:

    PPBS: 125

    No walks, no drugs.

    Both chatapti and vada are known to spike in my case but still managed good numbers.

    Carb Load: approximately 40 grams.

    Meal kcal : approx 700 kcal.

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  • Let us leave all, follow medfree with LCHF .those who wish to follow will communicate in the forum and rest we will leave it to God. It is purely implicit followers with faith on proven record.

    K.Rangaswamy

  • Thanks. If i remember correctly, you have been following LCHF for a year now. Have your LIPIDS gone bad? Most ANTI-LCHF guys around the world say Arteries will choke like kitchen sink pipe if one eats saturated fat. They say it without any PROOF.

  • my cholesterol level is 130 only .The range starts with 150. The Doc double checked my result and asked me to eat as much fat as I like. My age is 74 years. I am fit and

    OK . Do you know Babhuji reddy an IItiean1970

  • Thanks for posting LIPIDS. This shows that despite eating saturated fat LIPIDS have no impact on Low Carb High Fat diet. I have increased my Saturated Fat consumption further and will post LIPIDS at end of this year just to prove it yet again. My three years LIPIDS are on this board.

    No i do not know Babhji Reddy.