Category Archives: Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

AskNadia: How Do I Find an Insulin Pump Support Group in My Area?

Dear Nadia, How do I find a type 1 insulin support group near me? I am in an online group but it would helpful to be part of a live insulin pump support group with monthly meetings. I am in the Atlanta, GA area about 30 miles outside the city. Please help. Sandy Dear Sandy: … Continue reading AskNadia: How Do I Find an Insulin Pump Support Group in My Area?

Diabetes Health Type 2: Is High Blood Sugar a Legitimate Cause of Emotional Instability?

It appears that I am an a typical diabetic. I am a type 2 who was not obese at the time of diagnosis at age 44. In addition, I wound up on insulin within six months of diagnosis, after I had made a good faith effort to maintain my blood sugars with diet, exercise, and … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Is High Blood Sugar a Legitimate Cause of Emotional Instability?

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 … Continue reading Hypoglycemia: What Do You Feel In Your Body? What Do You Feel In Your Mind?

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. Researchers in the Netherlands based this observation on results of a questionnaire filled out by nearly 200 people with diabetes. The questionnaire asked how … Continue reading Getting Down To It: Researchers Examine Factors that Contribute to Severe Hypoglycemia

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 … Continue reading Recovery of Cognitive Function and Mood after Severe Hypoglycemia

Yin and Yang: Balancing Insulin and Glucagon

Insulin lowers elevated blood sugars. Glucagon raises low blood sugars. Insulin shifts the metabolism into storage mode. Glucagon shifts it into the burning mode. Insulin converts glucose and proteins into fat. Glucagon converts proteins and fat into glucose. Insulin converts dietary fat into storage and glucagon converts dietary fat into ketones for energy. Insulin removes … Continue reading Yin and Yang: Balancing Insulin and Glucagon