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Hypoglycemia

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when things go bump in the night

One of the interesting things that I deal with is a rise in blood glucose overnight. I go to bed with a BG of 84 mg/dL (last night), and wake up with a BG of 104 (this morning)! My last meal was about 12 hours ago so what happened?! This can be the results of two different processes: Dawn Phenomenon and Somogyi Effect. The dawn phenomenon is a natural part of our bodies circadian rhythm. The evolutionary process developed this…

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WTF - man with diabetes thrown off train

Ask Manny Hernandez: A Bilingual Blog Last Sunday, a 65-year-old St. Louis man was kicked off a train by Amtrak personnel in the middle of a national forest in Arizona, mistaking his diabetic shock for drunk and disorderly behavior. Every time I read news like this I get a twinge of fear up and down my spine. I have experienced a few lows (30s) and as a dark skinned man in a mostly white and Asian neighborhood near Princeton,NJ and…

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High low! High Low! It's up and down we go!

Recently I have been noticing some odd BG behavior. Last weekend while on the way to my daughters dance recital (she's 6 and a little princess) I experienced a low of 37. I normally check my BG before and about two hours after each meal but I started to feel odd about an hour after eating. My wife was driving and I noticed that I was feeling hot and sweaty even though the car A/C was set for 60. My…

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Swing Low, sweet chariot

Since my endocrinologist put me back on Novolog I have been exercising very tight control of my blood glucose. My goal was a pre meal value of under 100 and a two hour post meal "high" or 150. So far I had not experience any real lows and since I no longer get the sweats and shakes I test often. It had to happen sooner or later. I had a scary low. I had hot flashes followed by rapid heart…

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SimpleShot

David Pogue, a tech writer for the New York Times, reports on a new invention called the SimpleShot. The device provides an injection of glucagon, a hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates an increase in blood sugar levels. Diabetics on insulin are often at risk for hypoglycemia, an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood. Normally administering the glucagon involves mixing a powder and a solution. The invention was a finalist in the Modern Marvels Invent NOW Challenge.…

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