Can Diabetic Seizures Cause Brain Damage?

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Conditions Commonly Misdiagnosed As Epilepsy | February 17, 2010

A moment of unresponsiveness — the inability to recall what just happened…convulsions or jerking movements…sudden stiffness of the body. These are classic symptoms of an epilepsy seizure — triggered by abnormal electrical impulses in the brain. And while these symptoms may indicate epilepsy, other brain abnormalities or injuries could also lead to seizures. Having a seizure doesn’t automatically mean you have epilepsy. And without testing, the diagnosis – or misdiagnosis – can be pretty scary. There are loads of conditions that have symptoms similar to epilepsy. Here are the most common… First Seizures A first seizure is just what it sounds like — the first seizure a person has. The underlying cause may be determined to be epilepsy, but often the cause can’t be determined. These isolated seizures are not rare events — up to 5 percent of people in the United States may experience a first seizure that isn’t due to fever or epilepsy. A first seizure typically occurs before age 25, with most taking place in those younger than 15. First seizures seem to strike males a little more often than females, and they may not have a specific or detectable cause. However, a Continue reading >>

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  1. Richard157

    Diabetes and Brain Damage

    This was a very popular thread on another diabetes website so I thought I might give it a try here. I will start by giving a little of my own experience with this topic and my initial rejection of the idea that hypos could cause brain damage. My opinion has changed since that time!
    In the mid-70's I had a doctor, a GP, who had moved to the U.S. from Germany. He asked me many questions about my diabetes. He told me that hypoglycemic episodes can cause brain damage. I assumed that he was using scare tactics to make me work for better control. Now that so much more is known about diabetes and we have this wonderful tool, the computer, at our finger tips, I have researched this topic. I researched "diabetes and brain damage" on a search engine and found a site entitled "Diabetes Self-Management-Hypoglycemia and Brain Damage".
    Yes, very bad hypoglycemic reactions do seem to cause brain damage but it is usually temporary. In some instances, however, a more permanent memory loss can occur.

  2. Tiger Lily

    well, in relation to hypos, i was recently reading that vision loss can occur as a result of hypos.....
    i'm not sure i believe long term brain damage can occur unless we are talking about hypos where the patient goes into seizures and goes unconscious for hours or days at a time
    what level of hypo were you talking about?

  3. tralea

    Well, I think that if you're having lows to the point of severe hypounawareness, then I think it's probably possible to suffer brain damage.

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