Hypoglycemia is when there is a dangerously low amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood stream. This occurs when the glucose levels dip below 70mg/dL. The more a physician attempts to keep the blood sugar “controlled” the more the risk of hypoglycemia occurring. The danger is so great that a six-fold increase in deaths has been attributed to patients experiencing severe hypoglycemia when compared to patients who have not experienced an episode of severe hypoglycemia.1 When patients experience these episodes of hypoglycemia their counter-regulatory systems to raise the blood sugar become more and more suppressed. The further suppressed these mechanisms the more likely patients will not experience the symptoms needed to recognize that their blood sugars are low.
What are the other complications of hypoglycemia?
The other complications of hypoglycemia include strokes, heart attacks, cognition impairments, and vision loss. If that wasn’t enough quality of life measures also become susceptible. These include trouble with sleep, increased risk of car accidents, difficulty maintaining employment, and inability to partake in recreational activities including social events or travel.
Hypoglycemia is a neglected life-threatening complication. Patients are made to feel bad when their blood sugars are too high creating a situation where higher and higher insulin concentrations are prescribed. When low blood sugars are encountered patients are again made to feel bad by being told they need to eat something when this happens.
Insulin is a powerful hormone. It is not uncommon for patients to be prescribed high doses of insulin multiple times throughout the day. The problem is when too much insulin is administered the body is unable to counteract the effects.
This is often not discussed with patients; and if it is the conversation mostly goes the way of eating something when your sugars are low. The conversation should instead focus on why the body is resistant to insulin and what treatment needs to be prescribed in order to properly treat diabetes in the type 2 form.
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