How Can Low Blood Sugar Cause Death

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High Blood Sugar And The Problems It Can Cause

JANUMET tablets contain 2 prescription medicines: sitagliptin (JANUVIA®) and metformin. Once-daily prescription JANUMET XR tablets contain sitagliptin (the medicine in JANUVIA®) and extended-release metformin. JANUMET or JANUMET XR can be used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. JANUMET or JANUMET XR should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes or with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine). If you have had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), it is not known if you have a higher chance of getting it while taking JANUMET or JANUMET XR. Metformin, one of the medicines in JANUMET and JANUMET XR, can cause a rare but serious side effect called lactic acidosis (a buildup of lactic acid in the blood), which can cause death. Lactic acidosis is a medical emergency that must be treated in a hospital. Call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms, which could be signs of lactic acidosis: feel cold in your hands or feet; feel dizzy or lightheaded; have a slow or irregular heartbeat; feel very weak or tired; have unusual (not normal) muscle pain; have trouble breathing; feel sleepy o Continue reading >>

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  1. MJS22357

    Death from severely low blood sugar

    I joined this group to ask an expert whether it hurts to die from severely low blood sugar. My brother died yesterday. He was 55, had diabetes since age 2. He had neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney disease, COPD & in last year, increasingly brittle diabetes. I went to check on him because it had been 3 days, we usually text 1/day. When I last saw him, his sugar plummeted to 20-he was totally unaware, I had taken him grocery shopping, got him sugar pop…after 2 cokes, was at 70!
    I went there & could not get him to come to door. Called 911, he had died, don't know when…I am so sad, he and I were very close, we were born on same day, 3 years apart…
    I need to know…although probably no one could know this…do you think it hurt him, was he in pain as he died? I hate to think of him being alone, not realizing how low his sugar was, and die…please answer. I am so sad…,

  2. jayabee52

    Howdy MJS
    WELCOME to DC!
    Sorry to learn of your brother.
    I suspect that since your bro seemed to have hypoglycemic unawareness (dropping to 20 without symptoms of a hypo) it would seem that he had no pain at all.
    My 2nd wife had brittle diabetes (most likely a type 1 due to her Lupis {SLE}) and she had pain from a SLE flare, for which she got a steroid injection. She passed away on a night just after she got an injection. Her passing was peaceful. She fell asleep talking to a good friend and passed sometime that next early mornihg (her body still was a little warm to the touch when I woke at 6 am). So it was comforting to me that she passed so peacefully. However, for the longest time, I was plagued by the thought that I could have done something to save her.
    Oh and another coincidence, "Jem".and her brother "Skip" were born the same day 15 years apart.
    It sounded like your brother had a lot of "medical challenges" as well.
    I pray for your peace and comfort as you grieve your brother's loss.

  3. wraithmb

    I'm sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The last time I was low enough to lose consciousness due to my blood sugar, I was in no pain whatsoever. When I came around with the paramedics in my house, they told me that my blood sugar was around 16 mgdl.
    Once again, my prayers go out to you and your family.

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