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Intense concentration

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Wurst, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Wurst

    Wurst Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday, at work, I had to finish a report rather quickly, under pressure and it involved around 3 hours of intense concentration without pause. I didn't give a second thought to my blood sugar , but on completion my BS was 2.9 mmol. The last check I performed, prior to this was around 5.5 mmol.

    I've read in various books that intense brain usage can lower blood sugar but this is the first time i've experienced it. Couldn't find any further references to it on the web. With winter coming my outdoor activity/exercise will certainly reduce , so 'brain power' may be a useful blood sugar lowering tactic. Anyone else experience this?
     
  2. hale710

    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh yes! If in heavily involved in something my BG can plummet
     
  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    I really can't say I've noticed intense concentration lowering bg, in fact it has the opposite effect on me. I've been attending a course for work every Monday over the last 5 weeks and at the start my bg were heading skywards on the day, it's only in the last two weeks that I've managed to get my insulin right to compensate :(
     
  4. SamJB

    SamJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't make an difference to my levels, we're all different though (or maybe I just don't work hard enough).
     
  5. cp1943

    cp1943 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I've also noticed that my blood sugar goes down if I'm concentrating hard. Part of the problem is of course that I notice tha fall later than I would normally because my brain is otherwise occupied. I would agree though that everyone is different.
     
  6. hale710

    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes concentrating is when I don't notice the hypo until later. I only realise because I get frustrated and remind myself to check.

    When I've got a big meeting coming up I have a small snack to keep me going through it!
     
  7. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Expert
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    The brain uses a lot of glucose so anything that requires a lot of concentration can burn sugars very quickly - my brain seems to work flat out in supermarkets as this is normally when I hypo, always good to take breaks and test levels regularly.
     
  8. mrman

    mrman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps someone could verify but my understanding is that your brain can't store glucose but needs a constant supply of certain levels, which why when hypo, can lead to problems. So in theory ouf your brain is working harder for an extended period of time "could" cause a fast drop in levels.

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  9. hale710

    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if it's true or not but it certainly sounds feasible
     
  10. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well, I have found that if I spend a day of hard physical exercise, then my bg falls to low 4's but is kept here by liver dumping glycogen into my system, but if I have a hard days mental workouts then it drops to high 3s but I don't get the same corrective action so i need to keep carbs with me at my desk.
     
  11. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    It depends.
    If I'm concentrating and calm about it then my levels fall, if I'm concentrating but it's stressful then they rise.
    eg I don't like long car journeys , in cars I concentrate on the road intensly, both when driving and as a passenger. If traffic or weather conditions become difficult my levels rise very quickly.
    If I'm playing the piano, I also concentrate intensely , normally my levels fall. If I'm learning a piece, it can go either way :lol:
     
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