Tag - hypoglycemia

Be aware of hypos – having a hypo isn’t the same as being drunk!

So I recently came across a video from February 2012 where an innocent driver was brutally pulled out of his car and assaulted after officers assumed he was driving under the influence of alcohol. This just goes to show that awareness of diabetes and the symptoms of hypo/hyperglycemia are not as widely known as they really should be.

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Could Victoza become a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes?

This week there was news from a small study that showed that Novo Nordisk’s Victoza could serve as a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes, as a supplement to insulin.

People with type 1 diabetes can often find themselves dealing with large swings in blood sugar on a near-to daily basis which can be particularly difficult to control. The study on Victoza indicated that the drug helps to reduce the swings in blood sugar and improved overall blood glucose control.

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Behind the wheel with diabetes

As someone on insulin I have to be particularly careful when driving. More than just testing blood sugar levels before each journey I’m conscious of where my sugar levels may be pretty much throughout the whole journey. I find I tend be pretty much constantly aware of how I’m feeling to make sure I avoid low blood sugars and any danger of an accident. Read More

Why aren’t my socks in the fridge? – morning hypos

It seems as though my blood sugar levels have caught up with the milder weather as this week I’ve had two morning hypos.

The first time was somewhat of a pain in the posterior as it meant I was late getting up. Not having enough sugar in the brain seems to render it impossible for me to realise it’s the morning -or impossible to realise that life isn’t one continuous dream is perhaps a clearer way of putting it.

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Sick day rules: A how not to guide

After New Year I noticed I’d become ill as a result of my blood sugars rocketing to above 17 mmol/l in the space of a few hours.

When I saw the number I thought what on Earth caused this? I thought that maybe it could be a virus but I’d need more than one reading to be sure so I gave myself a generous correction dose and waited until the next test to see if the sugars were still higher than they should be.

Sure enough the next test came in at 10 mmols/l and as I was starting to feel the symptoms of an illness I was fairly happy that I had indeed caught a small virus.

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Are analogue insulins such a waste of money?

The recent news from Channel 4 and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) about whether the NHS is wasting millions of pounds of money by prescribing analogue insulins to type 2 diabetics has provoked a fair weight of discussion on the diabetes forum.

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