Can Diabetic Seizures Cause Brain Damage?

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Hypoglycemia In Children

What is hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia occurs when the blood sugar is too low to fuel the brain and the body. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. The normal range of blood sugar, depending on the timing and nutritional content of the last meal consumed, is approximately 70 to 140 mg/dl (milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood). If you have type 1 diabetes, your goal blood sugar range may be slightly different. Infants and small children with type 1 diabetes will have different goal ranges than adolescents or adults. However, consult your child's doctor for more specific information. Hypoglycemia may be a condition by itself, or may be a complication of diabetes or another disorder. Hypoglycemia is most often seen as a complication of overdoing insulin in a person with diabetes, which is sometimes referred to as an insulin reaction. What causes hypoglycemia? Causes of hypoglycemia in children with diabetes may include the following: Too much medication; for instance, too much insulin or oral diabetes medication Medication mistakes. All families will, at some point, give the wrong kind of insulin for a meal or at bedtime. Inaccurate blood-glucose readings A missed meal 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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