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Old 04-02-2012, 04:19   #1
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I went furniture shopping with my younger sister on Saturday to help her decide on what would look best in her Living Room. She is very picky with style, fabric, etc. and we were at the store for a few hours. She starts looking really weird and all the sudden says she is not feeling well. She looks like she is ready to pass out. I know my sister is reactive hypoglycemic, so I told her to let me test her bg with my meter. I checked her sugar, and she was at 60! I said you are low and she asked if either me or my older sister had anything with us to eat. Literally only thing we had was a cough drop! I did have my glucose tabs with me though so I gave her two tabs and told her to chew them up. We waited about 15 minutes and checked her again and she went up to 92. I told her she would be okay, but that we needed to go and eat something soon. I told her she needed to be more aware of what she was eating and that both of them (my sisters) should go get a meter and test strips at Walmart to check their sugar when feeling that weird feeling.

I was rather proud of myself for being able to help my sister avoid a very nasty effect from low blood sugar. I'm glad I carry my diabetic supplies with me always. You just never know when you will need them....or to help someone else!

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Your sister was very lucky you were there and knew what to do! Hope she plans to carry glucose tabs now. Has she ever tested herself?

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It's good you were there. Does your sister have reactive hypo attacks often? I used to get them before I was dx'd with Diabetes. I was always in the store when I got them. It wasn't until I was officially dx'd and understood how insulin spikes when we eat carbs and then crashes our bgs. I always though having hypos was the opposite of diabetes. Now, I know it is all part of the same disease.

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Actually both my sister's have had this happen to them, but my younger sister has it more often than my older sister. I have told both of them that this used to happen to me when I was younger a lot, and that it is a precursor to diabetes and they really need to pay attention to what they are eating.

I did tell both of them Saturday that it would be a good idea to get a meter and some strips to have for those times when they feel this way. I also instructed my younger sister to get some glucose tabs to carry with her for these sudden attacks of hypoglycemia. She had eaten a falafel earlier that day and I told her that was all carbs. She was under the impression that hummus was good for her and her blood sugars. I told her although hummus is a healthy choice, without protein added it is very high starch and it probably caused a spike in her blood sugar and then she crashed. She needs to pay more attention to me when I tell her about this thing we call diabetes. She said she will probably end up being diabetic. I told her if she is careful with her food choices and continues with her exercises (she does Zumba with me) that she can avoid becoming full blown diabetic, but yes if she did not watch and be diligent with her eating habits, she would become full blown.

I know my older sister has taken my advice and really cut back on her carb intake and sugar intake. I don't think this happens to her as often. We are all very close in age. My older sister is 51, I am 49, and my younger sister is 48. So, needless to say we are all hitting that menopausal time in our lives all together. Fun fun!

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It's good you were there. Does your sister have reactive hypo attacks often? I used to get them before I was dx'd with Diabetes. I was always in the store when I got them. It wasn't until I was officially dx'd and understood how insulin spikes when we eat carbs and then crashes our bgs. I always though having hypos was the opposite of diabetes. Now, I know it is all part of the same disease.
I know what you mean with thinking it was opposite of diabetes. I thought the same thing when I used to get those attacks. It always seemed to coincide with my menstrual cycle as well (usually right before getting it), so I always assumed it was hormone related as well. I know exactly how she felt Saturday, and I know it is not a fun feeling at all. Very scary. I could see how quickly her demeanor, face, and coloring changed all of a sudden. I will have to really sit down with her and get her to be more proactive with taking care of herself. She is going through a divorce right now, so things are rather stressful as well. I'm sure that is adding to the mix of her attacks. But, she is my younger sister and my older sister and I have always been very defensive about her and tend to "baby" her. We are all very close...we are the three best friends!

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I have a good friend who was diagnosed as hypoglycemic in his twenties and now is in his early 70's and as far as I know is not diabetic. He is a pharmacist by trade and is under the care of a doctor but still has glycemic symptoms and his wife carries cheese and nuts for him all the time in her purse and he in his truck. Could he be diabetic also and simply not know it?




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I have a good friend who was diagnosed as hypoglycemic in his twenties and now is in his early 70's and as far as I know is not diabetic. He is a pharmacist by trade and is under the care of a doctor but still has glycemic symptoms and his wife carries cheese and nuts for him all the time in her purse and he in his truck. Could he be diabetic also and simply not know it?
You know it could just be that he knew of the problem with the hypoglycemia being a precursor to diabetes and was careful after his diagnosis of it in his twenties. I think if he has gone all this time and is now in his early 70's, he probably was able to curb it all these years. I think if he had become diabetic he would probably have developed more symptoms in that time frame. But it is good that he and his wife carry things around for him. That is so important. And yes, he could be diabetic and simply not know it, but I would think with his knowledge of drugs (since he is a pharmacist by trade) he would have known to test for it. IMO anyway.

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Cheese and nuts wouldn't help too much to raise BG, would they?

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Sometimes hypoglycemia is just its own disease, like in my little cousin who was diagnosed with it when she was 4 or 5. She's in her 20s today and definitely not diabetic. In other cases, I think hypoglycemia can be a precursor to diabetes and you should take note if you have family members with Type 2. I had severe symptoms of hypoglycemia in high school and college and I just never thought about it much. If only I could go back and slap myself!

I tested my partner 30 minutes after a low-carb burger and he was 64. He's often that low, but doesn't "feel low," if that makes sense. At that BG, he felt full and energetic. So I guess I'm a little surprised 60 made your sister feel so awful. I wonder if she did spike and crash. Sometimes the spike/crash combination can make us symptomatic even if we're not all that low. In my partner's case, his blood sugar doesn't change much up or down and I've seen him act totally normal in the 50s. Crazy!

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I guess that's it. He does change personalities when he's low tho'. Very irritable which is his or usually his wife's tip off. I guess you are right...just a YMMV thing.




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