Diabetes & low blood sugar?
June 8, 2006 2:48 PM Subscribe
I have a question about diet & exercise-controlled Type II diabetes and low blood sugar.
posted by peep to Health & Fitness (21 answers total)
There’s something I hear occasionally that bugs me. Here are a few examples.
1. A friend was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes. She is working with her doctors to get her numbers under control with diet and exercise. During this trial she is not on ANY oral meds or insulin. But the educator gave her a card for her wallet that says something like, “If I am unconscious it may be due to my diabetes. Give me juice or something with sugar.”
2. A co-worker mentioned that her friend has “really bad diabetes” but is able to control it solely with diet and exercise because he is a marathon runner (again, her words). She once said, “He just has to be careful and always carry M&Ms in case his sugar gets too low.”
3. Someone once told me she was “borderline gestational diabetic.” She claimed she would “almost pass out” every afternoon and have to chug a Dr Pepper in order to get her blood sugar back UP. Again, she was not on meds or insulin.
Are these people are mistaken (or in some cases, maybe liars)? My admittedly limited understanding of diabetes is that LOW blood sugar issues are a result of too much oral medication or too much insulin (possibly in combination with too little food, but the key being the meds, which lower the blood sugar).
It seems that many people believe diabetes causes blood sugar fluctuations in both directions. Is there any evidence that diabetics are more susceptible to blood sugar crashes than anyone else (in the absence of meds)? Any other explanations? Any thoughts on why my friend would have been given that card?