Type 1 Diabetes and nocternal hypoglycemia

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/27/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Don't Wake In Response To Hypoglycemia

Interesting article...
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quatlox
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   Posted 2/28/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
 
Have you ever heard of "Dead in Bed"?
 
This is what makes the lives of type 1s a living he11, you never know when you might not wake up.  My wife is scared to death of this as she has had to call 911 in the middle of the night because I was acting very weird and would not react to her trying to help me.  If she had not been there I would not be here today to write this post.
 
Bob

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   Posted 3/2/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Bob,

I can totally sympathize with your situation although I can not know what you are going thru. Are you on a pump? I am woefully ignorant about some of this but it seems that there could be some kind of alarm system to help peeps like you... Scary! You must have to just check the heck out of your blood glucose before bed... no cheating or skipping meals... I wish I could offer more than words...
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wannabbetter
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   Posted 3/8/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Bob, hi. are you type 1 diabetic? so is my husband. he has woken up early in the morning with low sugar, reading of 54. what is the lowest you can go before you go into a coma or death. this is really scarey. the other day he went to 42 and just crashed to the floor. semi unconscious, cold sweats, and just in a staring daze. gave him orange juice and eventually he cam back up. is there anything you can do to prevent this, especially at night time before going to bed. he gets alot of dizzy spells, do you. have you ever heard of a diabetic getting dizzy spells. i hope you are taking care of your self. this is serious stuff. thanks for your input. god bless

AMM
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   Posted 3/9/2007 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been a type 1 diabetic for 27 years. Just before I went onto the pump I was having hypos in the 30's. Since being on teh pump my hypos are far less frequent. I am testing up to 8 times a day. I have never gone unconscious from a hypo although I came very close with one in the 20's when I was pregnant. Since going on the pump my blood sugars remain much more stable. With a pump you can do more fine tuning with your insulin. You take all short acting insulin and no long acting at all, but the short acting is going into your system constantly. I don't know about other pump manufacturers but minimed also offers a continuous glucose monitor. (You still need to do finger sticks, but it has a warning alarm for highs and lows. It also lets you see trends in your levels.) The bad news about it is that most insurances do not cover continuous glucose monitors or thier supplies. The monitors cost around $1,000 and the supplies are not cheap either. If there is any way you can manage it though it could be a real life saver for someone with hypo unawareness.
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quatlox
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   Posted 3/9/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have been a type 1 for 35 years and I am not on the pump.  I do 2 - 3 shots a day and keep my BS in very good control during the day.
 
I sometimes don't feel the LOWS.  I can be as low as 32 and be talking to you as if nothing is the matter and you won't see anything wrong with me.  When I go lower, thats when things get weird.
 
I check my BS about 6 to 8 times a day now and have not had much problems with lows as I can catch them before they go too low.
 
I am also eating low carb, around 100 carbs a day and check my BS before I go to bed.  I will not go to bed with a BS under 160.  Yes, I know that is high.   I have been experimenting with my night time insulin by cutting it back if I am 100 - 130, I will take 1/2 of night dose and eat a very small snack to wake up with a good # of 80 - 110.
 
It seems to be working for me and I have been trying to feel the lows, but sometimes I just don't.  So, I must check regular.  I am one to believe that it is better to be a little high and die early from complications than to die today from a LOW.
 
Thanks for the concern.  This website and the Dr. Bernstein website have really helped me keep my sugars under control and have helped give me the motivation to be in control of this disease, rather than it controling me.  I have found that Drs. and Endos know nothing about this disease and are as stupid as the day is long with their pockets open to the pharmaceutical company's $$$.  I only use Drs. to get my meds and blood work, I will not let a Dr. tell me how much insulin to take as they have about killed me several times.  Sorry to blow up on Drs. I know there are some good ones out there and that statement is not ment for them.
 
Bob
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