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Low Blood Glucose

Has this ever happened to you? You feel symptoms of a low blood glucose (hypoglycemia), you check, and it’s actually not low? This can happen if you are nervous/excited and are experiencing the affects of adrenaline, which can be the … Continue reading

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Low Blood Glucose and the Elderly

A study showed that almost 100,000 people visit the ER each year because of diabetes. In the study, 96% of those ER visits were related to hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose. People over 80 are more than twice as likely … Continue reading

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Memory and Diabetes

Many of us with diabetes worry about the long-term effects of low blood glucose (hypoglyemia) on our brain cells. There is evidence that severe lows can have an effect on the brain. But what about repeated mild or moderate lows? … Continue reading

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Check BG before Insulin before Food

Don’t you just love when life throws a good lesson in your face? I had that happen last night. I was talking to a patient on Friday about checking blood glucose. He was going on a pump for the first … Continue reading

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Diabetes Supplies

Once you have diabetes you become a pack mule. I recently got a call from a patient who learned this lesson the hard way. She was 2000-plus miles away from home when her pump stopped working. Another pump was shipped … Continue reading

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Seasonal Hypoglycemia Treatment

It’s fall, so I am currently treating lows with candy corn. In the spring I use jelly beans. This is not a joke; I really do this. (And in between I use glucose tablets or orange juice.) Here’s my rationale: … Continue reading

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Lag Effect

Have you heard of the lag effect? It’s a phenomenon where exercise causes low blood glucose levels up to several hours after the activity. We often teach people with type 1 diabetes about the lag effect. We warn people to … Continue reading

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