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

Jul 1, 2004

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.

Low blood glucose—or hypoglycemia—can be a scary thing, especially if you are new to diabetes or are caught in a situation where you do not have access to carbohydrates.

Hypoglycemia basically limits people with diabetes from achieving their blood glucose goals, which adds to the frustration faced by many of us on a day-to-day basis.

Hypoglycemia is still one of the main barriers to achieving normal or near normal blood glucose levels and getting A1C levels to goal.

The famous Diabetes Control and Complications Trial proved beyond a doubt that all of the terrible eye, kidney and nerve complications of diabetes can be reduced drastically if only we can get our blood glucose values to a near-normal range. However, getting the glucose values closer to normal also leads to a threefold higher risk of severe hypoglycemia, which requires the assistance of others such as paramedics to treat the low-glucose value.

Some people with diabetes like to run their BGs high after a bad experience with hypoglycemia and eventually pay the price with more eye, kidney and nerve disease resulting from years of elevated glucose values.

The bottom line is that knowledge is power, and the key to dealing with the risk of hypoglycemia is to know at what time of day you might be at risk and to test, test and test some more!

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Categories: A1c Test, Blood Glucose, Diabetes, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia Unawareness, Low Blood Sugar

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