How Long Does It Take To Die From Hypoglycemia

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All About Hypoglycemia (low Blood Sugar)

Hypoglycemia refers to an abnormally low level of sugar, or glucose, in the blood. Hypoglycemia is not a disease in itself, it is a sign of a health problem. The brain uses a lot of energy and needs glucose to function. Because the brain cannot store or manufacture glucose, it needs a continuous supply. Signs of low blood sugar include hunger, trembling, heart racing, nausea, and sweating. Hypoglycemia is commonly linked with diabetes, but many other conditions can also cause low blood sugar. This article will discuss the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of hypoglycemia, and the difference between hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. We will also look at how to prevent it. Here are some key points about hypoglycemia. More detail is in the main article. Hypoglycemia is not a disease but a symptom of another condition. Early symptoms include hunger, sweating, and trembling. A common cause is diabetes. Alcohol abuse and kidney disorders can also lower blood sugar levels. What is hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is a condition where there is not enough glucose, or sugar, in the blood. Levels of blood sugar are below 4 mmol/L (72mg/dL). Adults and children with mild hypoglycemia may experience the Continue reading >>

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  1. hanadr

    I keep reading about how dangerous a hypo is, and I've dealth with many with T1 husband, but I cannot find any figures on how often someone actually dies from this.

  2. sugarless sue

    Some research estimates that between four and 13 percent of the deaths of people with type I diabetes are the result of hypoglycemic events. "What's worrisome about these deaths is that they are due to the treatment," says Philip Cryer, MD, FACP president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
    One especially frightening possibility for people on insulin that may be the result of severe hypoglycemia is what the journal Diabetic Medicine referred to in 1991 as "dead in bed syndrome." Victims of the syndrome are found dead in an undisturbed bed, observed to have been in good health the day before and are free from evidence of late diabetes complications.
    As is the case with accidents, it is very hard to determine if these deaths are the result of hypoglycemia. Researchers in the U.K. note, however, that the timings of the deaths and other circumstantial evidence suggests that hypoglycemia or a hypoglycemic event is responsible.
    There are major problems with diagnosing hypoglycemia after death (see page 18). Cryer explains that testing the blood sugar of someone found dead after an accident or mysterious death that appears to be the result of hypoglycemia "is of zero value." He explains that the body will continue to process glucose for some time after death. As a result, the BG of a person after death will most likely not be an accurate reflection of their BG prior to death.
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  3. hanadr

    I found the "dead in bed" stuff, but I still haven't got any confirmed figures.
    As an aside, My friend's 27 year old son died suddnly one Sunday morning , after going back to bed from the bathroom. He didn't have diabetes, but a rare thing called Barter's syndrome, which is an error of potassium control.
    It was devastating. He was such a delightful young man.

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