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   Posted 10/20/2016 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone

I'm recently diagnosed Type 1. I am managing my BG quite well, although my BG has occasionally dropped to around 3.5 mm/L without any noticeable symptoms. At what level would I expect to get any symptoms and at what level would I be in danger of slipping into unconsciousness?

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   Posted 10/20/2016 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ozbob and welcome. I'm not sure because I'm not a type 1 and haven't dealt with lows. I can just tell you what little I know. 3.5 is very low because I know that 4.0 is equivalent to 68 (which we use in the US) and that is too low for comfort. I've read that when blood sugar is in the 70's (about 4.1 - 4.3) we would probably feel shaky and should bring the blood sugar up, but everyone has a different threshold.

We do have a couple of type 1s here and I hope they will come and help you out with this. Is there any possibility of getting an insulin pump so you would not experience lows?

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   Posted 10/21/2016 1:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Geez Ozbob. Sorry to hear that you aren't feeling your lows. It does happen to some Type 1's but is not common when newly diagnosed. I had Type 1 for about 45 years before I lost my low symptoms. It can be caused by long term Diabetes, or too many lows which can sneakily happen in between when a Diabetic may not test often enough to notice them. There are other reasons.

One of the treatments is to leave blood sugars higher than the normal good range, say like 10.0 to 12.0 mmols/L for 2 - 3 weeks. This can bring back low symptoms in most people. Do not worry. This will not cause complications since you haven't had Type 1 long. Most complications are normally caused by longer, continuing high blood sugars.

Presuming that you cannot afford a CGM and supplies out of pocket and your Insurance doesn't cover it, testing more often to catch the lows are advised. Let your Endo know about this situation. Always carry fast acting glucose with you in your pocket etc. and juice boxes at work, while you are in a vehicle and so on.

Depending on the person, symptoms can start at 3.5. I can be at 2.5 before my heart starts beating faster. I feel perfectly fine before that. I get sweats from being on steroids, so that symptom doesn't help me detect low blood sugar anymore. I've gone down to 0.9 mmol/L before I became unconscious but it varies there too. I remember when I was severely overdosed at the hospital when I was 30 y/o, the Nurse had written that I was 1.5 before breakfast. They were the ones looking after my Diabetes needs!! I was unconscious then and just awoke for a few seconds to see her put the Insulin in my arm. Then I was gone again and my heart stopped eventually.

Make sure to test before you go to sleep at night or for an afternoon nap. Have something to eat if you are 5.0 or less before your night sleep or your nap. Sometimes blood sugars drop fast while sleeping. You are probably in the "honeymoon" phase since you are newly dxd. This causes unsteady blood sugars and normally not as much insulin is needed. Did your Endo mention that you are in this phase? I sincerely hope that you "out grow' the problem, this early in the game. Be careful and test more often. Welcome! :)

Oh another thing, vigorous exercise can keep eating away at glucose in a person's body all day and sometimes into the next day. Make sure to eat extra. Did I mention test often?? :)
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Post Edited (msOuchie) : 10/21/2016 2:32:14 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/22/2016 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
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