Blood Sugar And Feelings

Sep 1, 1991

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?

Gonder-Frederick et al. examined the answers to these questions by asking 19 diabetic children and their parents to independently guess their own (child's) blood glucose levels and record the presence of any diabetic symptoms present immediately before making a measurement of capillary blood glucose. Both parents and children tended to underestimate the actual blood glucose by a significant amount (18-36 mg) Children were particularly bad at identifying hypoglycemia.

The results are a grim reminder that feelings can lead to errors in judgement. Hard reliable data are needed to properly manage the diabetes patient.

-Diabetes Care, July, 1991

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Blood Glucose, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia Unawareness, Kids & Teens, Low Blood Sugar

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.