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   Posted 3/14/2006 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
From what i gather some people are aware when their blood sugar is falling and others are unaware.  Can this change, if I've been "aware" for as long as I've been diabetic can I start to become unaware? Is being unaware the result of having many many lows? 

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   Posted 3/14/2006 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   


You hit the nail right on the head.  I found that when my blood sugar got into the 60's I'd feel dizzy, cold and get the shakes.  This happend so many times in a 2-3 month period that I simply "got used" to it and now even if my BS drops into the 50's Im generally unaware of it as I've become "desensitized".

So by way of answering your question, YES it is absolutely possible to go from knowing when your BS is low to being totally unaware.

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   Posted 3/15/2006 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Yep, it's true that you can lose the sense of feeling a hypo come on but I was told by a doctor that when this happens to some people they are advised to let their blood sugars level go a little high for a while and then bring it back down again - this should then give them back feelings when a hypo comes on.  I must stress that you shouldn't do this unless you consult your doctor first!!!

Claire x

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   Posted 3/15/2006 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Me too. Since I got my sugars under proper control a few years back, I've lost pretty much all warning signs of an impending hypo. As a result I test my sugars 5 or 6 times a day to make sure I'm not heading over the edge.

My understanding is that we become desensitised to the effects of the hormone epinephrine (which is responsible for the tremors / sweat / pallour etc) if the difference between 'normal' blood sugar and hypogycemia is too small. This might be rectifiable, as you said, if you run your sugars a little higher for a while so that the epinephrine can start to warn you before the BS gets too low.

I haven't tried this myself though. Too proud of my A1c of 4.5!

All the best,


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