Re: Hypo symptoms.
- From: Charly Coughran <ccoughran@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:26:51 +0000 (UTC)
"Julie Bove" <juliebove@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
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On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 02:00:55 -0700, "Julie Bove"
So as I was making my snack, I began to feel chilled very
badly. I was shaking so hard I could barely prepare the
food. And my lips went numb. And sure enough I tested at
81. Technically not a hypo and not even a rapid
drop. At least I don't think so. Or... Did I go hypo,
have a liver dump and then see the 81? I guess we'll
never know for sure.
I used to try and make sense out of stuff like this then
one day my endo said: "You are trying to make sense out of
a broken system. There is no sense. You're just broken."
It was a liberating moment.
Well I already know that!
It may depend only on whether you use a symptomatic or a
numerical definition for hypoglycemia. There is a standard
set of bg values which textbooks and journal articles specify
will cause different hypoglycemic symptoms. These are
averages of normal individuals which will have that effect.
The body, on the other hand, will define normal as the values
you as an individual have much or most of the time. It will
then redefine the values that cause hypoglycemic symptoms as
being somewhat lower than your "normal" range. Thus it is
quite common for diabetics who have a recent history of high
blood glucose excursions to feel hypoglycemic symptoms well
above the official hypoglycemic values.
It works the other way too. If you go hypoglycemic regularly,
you will find that you don't feel the symptoms any more unless
you go even lower. This is not to be confused with the
absence of hypoglycemic symptoms brought on by neuropathy. To
correct the "learned" adjustment of the trigger levels all you
need to do is stay a little higher or lower, whichever is
appropriate, for a week or two.
Of course, it may also have had nothing to do with your bg
level. Isn't diabetes fun.