Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Sneaky Devil - Hypoglycemic unawareness

Hypoglycemic unawareness ,  is a common treatable problem most commonly seen in people with type 1 diabetes . It involves the loss of the early warning signals of hypoglycemia and allows glucose levels to slowly and silently decrease to the point of of mental impairment , poor judgement  and even coma. This is especially important for someone driving a car, working around dangerous equipment , Caring for young children or living alone. This is important to recognize in older people because it increases their risk of falls and injury. 
 The treatment is easy to talk about but hard to do. Basically it involves accepting a little higher glucose levels and carefully avoiding low glucose levels.  This will allow recovery of those early warning indicators.  
 Have fun, be smart and defeat diabetes.       David Calder
By the way stop by Marks blog Laffing at Life to get a little more about Hypoglycemic Unawareness

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