Diabetes Download: What If I No Longer Feel My Lows Like I Used To?

he Mighty community asked: “I’ve had diabetes for about 25 years now, and I’ve noticed that I don’t feel my lows like I used to. Sometimes I don’t feel any hypo symptoms until I’m in a dangerous situation. Why is this happening?”

Excellent question! This is a dangerous state called hypoglycemia unawareness and can happen in people who have had diabetes for a long time and/or have been experiencing a lot of lows. Let me explain further…

Hypoglycemia is not only one of the most dangerous challenges we face as PWD, but it is also one of the scariest. Hypos can be caused by many things: exercise, excess insulin, alcohol, or a sulfonylurea (glipizide) just to name a few. These lows make us feel shaky, dizzy, irritable, sweaty, and weak because our brains depend solely on glucose for fuel.

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