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December 2012

An Interview With Mike Golic

Mike Golic is the co-host of ESPN's wildly popular radio show, "Mike and Mike in the Morning." Before beginning work as a broadcaster in 1995, he played for nine years as a defensive tackle in the National Football League, including stints with the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins. About five years ago, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Since then, he has become involved in getting the word out about type 2, including the potential danger of hypoglycemia. He is a spokesman for "Blood Sugar Basics," a website and outreach program co-sponsored by Merck and the American College of Endocrinology.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 21, 2012

October 2012

Have You Noticed This About Your Diabetes?

In response to a post that I wrote on October 19, 2012, asking readers to contribute their opinions, John M wrote to me asking for more information. After exchanging a few emails, we came up with an idea that we think you will like: a new column by readers who write in about experiences they have had with diabetes and who are curious to know if anybody else has experienced the same thing. The new column will be called "Have You Noticed This About Your Diabetes?" The idea is for you to send in your question, in response to which other readers will share similar and not-so-similar experiences through our "Comments" section. (Take note that comments take one to two days to post because they all need to be read and approved.)

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 31, 2012

November 2011

An Interview With Mike Golic

Mike Golic is the co-host of ESPN's wildly popular radio show, "Mike and Mike in the Morning." Before beginning work as a broadcaster in 1995, he played for nine years as a defensive tackle in the National Football League, including stints with the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins. About five years ago, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Since then, he has become involved in getting the word out about type 2, including the potential danger of hypoglycemia. He is a spokesman for "Blood Sugar Basics," a website and outreach program co-sponsored by Merck and the American College of Endocrinology.

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 25, 2011

October 2011

The Night I Needed a Glucagon Injection

The one time I needed a glucagon injection, I didn't have any. I had never been given a prescription for it, had no idea how to use it, and was absolutely clueless about what it did.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 29, 2011

May 2011

Sanofi Says Late-Stage Trial of Type 2 Drug a Success

French drug maker Sanofi-aventis says that results from a Phase III trial of its experimental type 2 diabetes drug lixisenatide show that the drug successfully lowered patients' blood glucose levels and body weight, but did not increase the risk of hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 23, 2011

March 2011

Alcohol and Sex

Dear Diabetes Health,

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2011

October 2010

AlertPaws Launches

Have you ever worried that in case of emergency, first responders will not know that you or a loved one has diabetes? Or concerned that a low blood sugar may be interpreted by law enforcement officials as intoxication--especially behind the wheel of a vehicle? What if you wear a Medical ID, but they cannot get to you right away in the case of an accident?

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 8, 2010

July 2010

Medtronic Launches First Free Safe-Driving Program for Teens with Diabetes in Los Angeles July 19

Medtronic, Inc. announced today that Test B4U Drive, the first-ever, free program for teens with diabetes combining advanced driver skills training with diabetes management education, will be held July 19-21 at The Forum in Los Angeles. In partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes No Limits Foundation, Medtronic will continue the program throughout the summer across the country to teach teens with diabetes that good diabetes management is a key to staying safe behind the wheel.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 14, 2010

June 2010

Judge Rules Only Nurses Can Administer Insulin Shots to California Schoolchildren

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that only school nurses can give insulin shots to children in public schools who have diabetes. The decision by Judge Lloyd Connelly overturned a 2007 California State Department of Education decision that allowed trained school staff, as well as nurses, to administer such injections.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 25, 2010

Tyler's Guide for a Successful Vacation

As a type 1 diabetic, I have found that it's a good idea to plan for the unexpected when traveling. Life is full of surprises, and so are vacations. The flight is late. The flight has been cancelled.  We had a flat tire or ran out of gas. There is an accident on the highway, and the traffic isn't moving. Who would have ever thought that airline flights would be grounded for five days in most of Eastern Europe because of volcanic ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland? If a diabetic had planned on going for a week-long vacation in England or France and had taken limited insulin, syringes, or infusion sets, he might have been in big trouble. Trying to replenish medical supplies in a foreign country could prove to be very difficult.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2010

May 2010

Health Literacy and Safety Risks

People with diabetes who have limited health literacy are at higher risk for hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 20, 2010

Glucose Monitoring Medical Tattoo

Tattoos aren't just an art form or a way of making a personal statement anymore: They are beginning to save lives.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 20, 2010

Ethnic Disparities Found in A1c Test

A new study released by the Children's Hospital of New Orleans has found that black children with type 1 diabetes scored higher on A1c tests than white children who had similar blood glucose levels. Such ethnic disparity has already been shown in previous studies with adults.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 18, 2010

Beware the Perils of Severe Hypoglycemia

Over 80 years ago, famed diabetologist Elliot Joslin said about the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes: "Ketoacidosis may kill a patient, but frequent hypoglycemic reactions will ruin him."  Unfortunately, hypoglycemia continues to be the most difficult problem facing most patients, families, and caregivers who deal with the management of type 1 diabetes on a daily basis. Frequent hypoglycemia episodes not only can "ruin," or adversely impact the quality of life for patients, but also, when severe, can cause seizures, coma, and even death.

comments 14 comments - Posted May 13, 2010

April 2010

Insulin-Producing Cells Derived from Specially Bred Pigs

NEW YORK, April 27, 2010 - The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced today that it is partnering with Living Cell Technologies (LCT), a New Zealand-based biotechnology company focused on developing cell based therapeutics, in a Phase II clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of transplanting encapsulated insulin-producing cells from pigs as a treatment for type 1 diabetes with significant hypoglycemia unawareness.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 28, 2010

February 2010

Scared of Lows

Dear Diabetes Health, I'm 26 years old and engaged to a woman I've known since college.  We live together, love each other, and have good sex, but now I'm having doubts. A year ago, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She started taking insulin, and it has been rough. Four times now she has started sweating and shaking and saying strange things. Twice this happened during sex. 

comments 11 comments - Posted Feb 3, 2010

June 2009

Just in Time for Father’s Day, a Grateful Nod to the Hardworking Parents of Kids with Diabetes

I hear voices in my surroundings as the cloud of confusion gradually begins to lift. "Curtis, can you hear me?" "Curtis, what was the score of the football game?" "Curtis, do you know where you are?"

comments 6 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2009

December 2008

A Father of A Child with Type 1 Child Warns: Be Prepared for Hypoglycemia
A Father of A Child with Type 1 Child Warns: Be Prepared for Hypoglycemia

My daughter Lauren was five days shy of her twelfth birthday when she was diagnosed with type 1. We were blessed with a child who could and did take the lead in her recovery and care. She never had any "teen diabetic rebellion" and never adopted a "why me?" mentality. Her health has been great, and her last A1c was 6.7%. With all the hormonal changes that can affect a teenage girl's body and thus change her insulin requirements, Lauren has always stayed on top of her care and never lost her fantastic personality.

comments 24 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2008

September 2008

Researchers Suggest Adjusting the Glucose Level We Think of as Hypoglycemia
Researchers Suggest Adjusting the Glucose Level We Think of as Hypoglycemia

An article published in Diabetologia this month challenges the accepted glucose cut-off values that define hypoglycemia because they have a major effect on reported frequencies of hypoglycemia.

comments 11 comments - Posted Sep 29, 2008

May 2008

Hypoglycemia: What Do You Feel In Your Body?  What Do You Feel In Your Mind?
Hypoglycemia: What Do You Feel In Your Body? What Do You Feel In Your Mind?

A word of caution about the values used below. This study was conducted using people without diabetes.  Some people with diabetes experience symptoms at higher glucose levels than the study suggests. Other people with diabetes appear to function well with blood sugars in the 30's and 40's (mg/dl). Therefore, the values in the study should only be used as an approximation. This study also used plasma glucose levels. Your values done at home might be 20 percent lower or higher than these lab values. For example, epinephrine release in someone without diabetes would begin at about 63mg/dl with a home blood glucose meter.

comments 43 comments - Posted May 1, 2008

April 2007

Tips for Successful Blood Sugar Monitoring
Tips for Successful Blood Sugar Monitoring

Here are some useful tips to help you choose a meter that’s right for you - and continue to use it successfully.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2007

February 2007

Contour Accurately Detects Hypoglycemia

Data presented at the November 2006 Diabetes Technology Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, found that the Contour Blood Glucose Meter from Bayer accurately detects hypoglycemia.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 1, 2007

February 2005

Hypoglycemia Risks in Type 1 Children Still a Major Problem

Although severe hypoglycemia is a definite problem for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, newer therapies may improve control without increasing the risk of severe hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

July 2004

Hypoglycemia: Don't Let It Be a Barrier to Diabetes Control

It’s always a case of Murphy’s Law for me. Whenever I am without my glucose tabs or other quick-acting carbohydrate , I seem to have a low blood glucose.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

June 2004

New to Pumping?
New to Pumping?

So, you aren’t pleased with your blood glucose control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

May 2004

Why You Should Consider an Insulin Pump

The number of people opting for insulin pump therapy grows. Worldwide, the number is approximately 300,000.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2004

April 2004

Hypoglycemia Alert for Insulin-Treated Type 2s

Results from a Scottish study of 215 type 2s treated with twice-daily or more insulin injections for at least a year reveal that the frequency of severe hypoglycemia, while lower than in type 1s, “is more common than has been previously recognized.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

Risks and Benefits of Islet Transplantation

Islet transplantation offers promise, but it still shows risks of complications and loss of islet function over time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

January 2004

Ten Reasons for Checking Your Blood Glucose

People with diabetes know that we are all supposed to check our blood glucose. But it’s sometimes frustrating to look at the results and see a number that’s too high or too low.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2004

January 2003

Ten Reasons For Checking Your Blood Glucose

People with diabetes know that we are all supposed to check our blood glucose. But some of us do a better job of it than others. Frankly, it's sometimes frustrating to look at the results and see a number that's too high or too low.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

Glucose Sensor Reveals Glucose Patterns Around the Clock

If you test your blood glucose regularly, you probably think you have a pretty good idea of how high or low your numbers rise and fall during a typical day and night. However, what if you had 288 blood-glucose readings every 24 hours, instead of only a handful?

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 1, 2003

July 2002

Going Low at Night?

The Sleep Sentry Monitor, a battery-powered device worn like a wristwatch and used to detect nighttime low blood glucose, was introduced by Teledyne Avionics more than 20 years ago. Teledyne Avionics then sold the device to Eric Orzeck, MD, in 1983, and it has been largely unavailable since the early 1990s.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 1, 2002

June 2002

Knowing When You’re Low

In a small study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands, a drug normally used to treat asthma and bronchitis helped to improve awareness of hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes. Hypoglycemia unawareness can be a dangerous condition—a person with diabetes who cannot detect an episode of low blood glucose cannot take quick action to correct it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2002

March 2002

When Hypoglycemia Sneaks Up

It's happened again. You test and the number that pops up on your meter is low. Way too low! But you feel fine. Shouldn't you be experiencing that fuzzy-headed, heart-pounding, shaky-bodied, world-swirling feeling that goes with hypoglycemia?

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2002

November 2001

Video Teaches Family and Support Network About Treating Hypoglycemia

Working in collaboration with diabetes health-care professionals at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Kathy Jensen, RD, CDE, has produced the first in a series of programs designed to be available and affordable to families with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

September 2001

MiniMed Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Detects Nocturnal Hypos in Kids

MiniMed's Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device was used to measure the prevalence of nighttime hypoglycemia (BGs below 40 mg/dl) and associate the occurrence of nighttime hypos and interstitial glucose levels every five minutes in a study of 47 children with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2001

March 2001

Getting Down To It: Researchers Examine Factors that Contribute to Severe Hypoglycemia

Nerve and kidney damage, taking beta blockers, alcohol use and the length of time with type 1 diabetes are all factors that can contribute to more frequent incidents of severe hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2001

June 2000

Recovery of Cognitive Function and Mood after Severe Hypoglycemia

According to the March issue of Diabetes Care, scientists at the University of Edinburgh found that it takes as long as 1.5 days for cognitive function to return to normal after severe hypoglycemia in insulin-dependent people who were prone to such episodes. If such episodes occur frequently, they may permanently and adversely influence cognitive function and mood.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2000

February 2000

Lispro For Pumpers With Hypoglycemia Unawareness

Researchers at the Walton Diabetes Center in Liverpool, United Kingdom, are saying that in certain individuals with poor hypoglycemia unawareness, the use of lispro in insulin pumps may increase the frequency of hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

Letters to the Editor

The Freedom to Operate a Vehicle

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

Getting High on Exercise

Aerobic workouts can be safely enjoyed by people with diabetes. These are fun exercises that can increase your muscle tone and aerobic fitness. A typical workout consists of greater-intensity aerobic work and lesser-intensity stretching and toning activities using hand-held or ankle weights and multiple repetitions (such as abdominal crunches). Classes vary in intensity based on individual ability and level of participation, as well as the nature of the class: high-impact, low-impact, step, hip-hop and others.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

October 1999

BGAT Manual Teaches People How to Recognize Low BGs

Blood Glucose Awareness Training (BGAT) is a private institute developed over 18 years ago to teach patients how to better recognize low blood glucose symptoms. BGAT was started by Daniel Cox, PhD, William Clarke, MD, and Linda A. Gonder-Frederick, PhD, of the University of Virginia. All three are authors of the article in the August 25 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, which studied people with diabetes and their decisions to drive. The institute sells manuals, gives workshops and teaches people how to do BGAT.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1999

April 1999

Are You Prepared for Hypoglycemia?

At a recent British Diabetes Association Annual Meeting, a study was presented saying that many people with diabetes are not taking adequate precautions against hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1999

December 1998

Hypoglycemic Hemiparesis Could be a Problem in Children with Type 1 Diabetes

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) demonstrated that intensive insulin treatment could lead to severe hypoglycemia in adults with type 1 diabetes. The study, however, did not address the effects of intensive insulin treatments and their effects on type 1 children. While it has been documented that severe hypoglycemia causes neurological damage in adult type 1 patients, there has been no conclusive evidence of what it does to children.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1998

October 1998

Parting Causes Great Sorrow - Beef-Pork Insulin Users Prepare to Switch

Christine Klemp of West Bend, Wisconsin, received a shock when she opened her box of insulin on August 16. A message printed in red ink said, "This insulin will be discontinued. Contact your physician to change to another insulin." Klemp was horrified, because this particular insulin (Iletin I beef-pork) is the only insulin that works well for her. "My life is about to come to an end. I just could not believe this was happening."

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1998

August 1998

Beware of Hypos: Tips for Prevention

Hypoglycemia is technically a blood sugar level below 60 mg/dl. The effects of hypoglycemia, however, can strike people at different blood sugar levels. Hypos can be caused by tight control, too much insulin, too little food or too much exercise. Alcohol consumption or slowed digestion of food from the stomach can also cause a hypo.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1998

Hypo Hazards: How Tom Moore Nearly Lost His Life on the Way Home from Dinner

For a person with diabetes the prospect of going into a hypo while driving is frightening at the least. On the evening of June 12, this is exactly what happened to 34-year-old Virginia resident Tom Moore, who was plunged into a bizarre series of events as a result.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1998

New Drug May Help Control Hypo Risks

Heralded as the best thing since insulin, pramilitide, a new drug being studied by two U.S. research centers, may soon be available to help type 1 individuals reduce hypoglycemia risks. The St. James Center for Diabetes in Chicago and Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans both recently launched studies of the drug's effectiveness in improving glucose control and lessening the risk of hypoglycemia in type 1 patients. In preliminary studies, patients not only improved glucose control while using pramilitide, but had better cholesterol profiles and lost weight. The current studies seek to confirm the earlier findings.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1998

June 1998

Pumping at Night Decreases Hypoglycemia

Researchers in the Netherlands recently found that well controlled type 1s on multiple injection therapy have less variable fasting blood glucose levels and a lower total frequency of hypoglycemia when nighttime pump therapy is substituted for their bedtime NPH insulin injection. In addition, warning signs of hypoglycemia were enhanced and aspects of the counter-regulatory hormonal response to hypoglycemia were improved when subjects were on nocturnal pump therapy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1998

October 1997

Essential or Expenable? Eli Lilly Puts Beef/Pork Insulin on the Endangered Species List

Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of 80 percent of America’s insulin is planning to take Iletin I (beef/pork) insulins off of the market.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1997

August 1997

Beware of Hypoglycemic Unawareness

The following case study was submitted by board member, Steven Edelman, MD an endocrinologist at the Veterans Hospital in San Diego.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1997

July 1997

Hypoglycemia - What Every Person on Insulin Should Know

At this point, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial's (DCCT) finding that intensive insulin treatment reduces the number of long-term diabetes complications is, hopefully, only news to the recently diagnosed. What is less commonly known is that the same tight BG control that reduces the risk of complications has a darker side. The intensive insulin therapy (IIT) described by the DCCT presents a three fold risk of severe hypoglycemia - sometimes with dire consequences.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 1, 1997

May 1997

More Lows on Human Insulin

After a ten-year study researchers from the University of Wisconsin Medical School found that users of human insulin report more hypoglycemic reactions than those using animal insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1997

August 1996

Another Good Reason To Drink Coffee

People who have a difficult time recognizing when their blood sugar is dropping may have to look no further than a cup of coffee for help.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1996

July 1996

Patients Experience Less Hypoglycemia When Using A Pump

Though results from the DCCT study showed that intensive therapy can reduce complications of type I diabetes, it also showed that it can increase the chance of hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1996

February 1996

Blood Glucose Awareness Training, How To Identify Low Blood Sugars, BGAT Training

When you have a hypoglycemic incident, does it usually catch you by surprise? Probably-hypoglycemic symptoms are not always easy to recognize. For example, you more than likely have had hypoglycemic episodes when you just did not feel as many warning symptoms as you usually do. You may also have had episodes when you felt symptoms, but thought they were caused by something other than your blood glucose. If symptoms can be so hard to recognize, what can you do to improve your ability to tell when your blood glucose is too high or too low?

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1996

January 1996

How Fast Does Your Stomach Empty? Hypoglycemia Speeds It Up

It may not be your fault if your blood sugar levels are unpredictable. Recent studies have shown that during hypoglycemic episodes, food exits the stomach much more quickly than it does under normal circumstances.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 1, 1996

November 1995

Panic Disorder Or Hypoglycemia?

A study led by L.S. Griffith in St. Louis indicates that some patients with diabetes who believe they are having hypoglycemic incidents are actually suffering from a panic disorder.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1995

September 1995

Hypoglycemia In Public? What Should You Do?

Recently I attended a book reading by one of my favorite authors. The coffeehouse was packed with his admirers. Sometime around the middle of the reading, I sensed that I was becoming hypoglycemic. I reached into my purse for the fruit bar I put there just for this purpose. As I began to open it, I realized for the first time that the wrapper was extremely noisy. I stopped unwrapping. When I resumed, I did everything I could to silence the crinkly wrapper. When the woman in front of me looked back at me and glared, I quickly (and loudly) ripped it open to end the noise.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1995

August 1995

The Open Forum: A Hypo From Hell And Help From On-Line

I suppose it happens at least once in the life of a type I DM'er. After almost nine years, I had my first *BAD* hypo.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1995

Cornstarch Cuts Kids' Nighttime Hypos By 73%

According to a study performed at a diabetes camp, kids with type I diabetes should eat uncooked cornstarch before bedtime.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1995

June 1995

My Own Injection, Was It a Dream?

I woke up yesterday at 3 a.m. I wasn't quiet sure if it was because I was having a low blood sugar or waking up from a bad dream.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1995

Sleep Sentry Loved by Many, But No Longer Available, Alarm Sounds for Low Blood Sugar

Products come and go. Usually the reasons are relatively obvious, but once in a great while, a seemingly successful product vanishes into thin air.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 1, 1995

May 1995

Patients Make Errors When Estimating Glucose Levels

In a recent study conducted at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, 42 insulin-dependent patients were asked to estimate their glucose levels and to rate the intensity of their corresponding symptoms.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1995

March 1995

Studies Show How Adolescents Struggle to Control Diabetes

As if the adolescent experience is not traumatic enough, a number of teens must also carry the burden of diabetes through those difficult years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1995

February 1995

Hypoglycemia Unawareness Studied

The phenomena of hypoglycemic unawareness was studied in forty three people with type I diabetes in an attempt to find a common bond between people who lack hypoglycemic warning signs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1995

January 1995

Treating Hypoglycemia: How To Use The Sugar At Hand

What do I do for an insulin reaction?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1995

October 1994

Why Are My Morning Sugars Over 300?

Q: I am 23 years old and I have had insulin dependent diabetes for 9 years. My blood sugars during the day are generally under 150 mg/dl, but no matter what I do my fasting blood sugar before breakfast is always high, often over 300. What is going on?

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1994

March 1994

Mr. Metabolism’s Views On This Months Research News

Mr. Metabolism loves to follow new developments in diabetes research—in fact, that's one of the ways he makes his living. The following brief summaries give Mr. Metabolism's views on the Research Reports in the latest issue of DIABETES HEALTH.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1994

Can You Guess Your Blood Glucose Levels

Blood glucose awareness training (BGAT) is a patient education program designed to teach people who use insulin to estimate their blood glucose levels more accurately. It is specifically designed to help them recognize episodes of hypoglycemia. BGAT is a comprehensive, seven-class course which helps people identify and increase sensitivity to the symptoms of hyper- and hypoglycemia. The course also includes information on insulin, food, and exercise relating to extreme blood glucose levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1994

UnComplicating Diabetes: Hypoglycemia Unawareness

New research is shedding light on one of the most distressing problems faced by a group of people who have diabetes (as well as their family, friends and co-workers). The problem, called hypoglycemia unawareness (HU), occurs when a person becomes incapable of dealing with his own low blood sugars. If unnoticed and untreated, HU can create serious problems, including grand mal seizures. If you've ever witnessed seizure activity or bizarre behavior in someone, you have some idea of the impact of HU and its danger.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1994

January 1993

Type 1 Diabetes and Low Blood Sugar

Researchers from the Diabetes Research Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany, have concluded that impaired consciousness brought on by hypoglycemia is reduced in well-controlled type I diabetes patients when compared to patients with poor control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1993

September 1991

Blood Sugar And Feelings

How easy is it for parents to guess their own child's blood glucose levels? Is the child crabby because he is overtired or is it low blood glucose? Are the children themselves any more accurate in guessing their own levels?

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1991

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