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When A Diabetic Dates A Non-diabetic

WRITTEN BY: Forester McClatchey One morning when my older brother Mason was in college (I have two brothers, and all three of us are diabetic), his girlfriend received a strange phone call from an unknown number. She picked up, and a voice belonging to Mason’s roommate explained that he’d just found Mason passed out, naked, on the floor. He’d woken up low and disoriented, and had decided that the only way to get down from his top bunk was via front flip. He failed to land the flip. He lay on the floor with a broken tailbone, and that’s how his roommate found him. Mason’s girlfriend immediately went to check on him, skipping class. Years later they would marry, so this story ends happily, but that particular moment demonstrated why it’s hard, as a diabetic, to date. Any nascent relationship is fraught with anxiety as each party tries to present themselves in the best possible light. Each person tries to hide their blemishes, and I suspect that most diabetics fear that their disease will be perceived as a blemish. Of course, you can’t hide your diabetes. Not for very long, anyway. Nor should you try. Once your partner or date knows you’re diabetic, you have to explain Continue reading >>

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  1. sammyk

    Hi I am not a diabetic but after getting shaky and feeling odd I tested myself with my husband's monitor and my blood sugar was 3.8. Is this normal for a non diabetic or does it need to be discussed with my gp ?
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  2. hanadr

    sammy
    non-diabetics CAN experience hypos, but 3.8 is far from dangerous. It's probably pretty common in non-diabetics to drop into the 2s and 3 after exercise and if missing meals. It only becomes dangerous under the influence of blood sugar reducing medication, when it CAN keep dropping. Otherwise, the liver will release glucose to correct the problem.
    Despite the tendency for people to panic if bg drops below 4. that is a purely arbitrary number, chosen to make the mantra "4's the floor!" it has no metabolic significance.
    Although I've searched for years, I've NEVER found verifiable evidence of anyone actually dieing from hypo. Not even a diabetic. There is some evidence that occasionally a driver has hypoed, lost control of a vehicle and either killed him/herself or someone else.
    It's possible that a phenomenon called "dead in bed" syndrome, which rarely kills a diabetic is a hypo, but there's no evidence of that.
    In other words a slightly low blood sugar in a person not using hypoglycaemic medicines is HARMLESS and will correct itself if you have your breakfast or if you don't.
    Hana

  3. sammyk

    Thanks for the replies. Was 6 hours after I had eaten and once ibhad some food it soon went back up and was 8.9 once had eaten.
    Maybe I will just mention it to my gp
    Sam
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- Abnormally High Blood Sugar]. Hypoglycemia Is A Common

What Is Hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when a person's blood sugar (glucose) levels are too low. [Compare with hyperglycemia - abnormally high blood sugar]. Hypoglycemia is a common complication of diabetes. It can cause headaches, loss of concentration and in severe cases, convulsions and coma. A blood sugar count of 80 mg/dl is considered low but you may not experience symptoms until you hit 60 mg/dl. Fortunately most cases of hypoglycemia are mild and can be easily corrected by taking a few sugar cubes, 2 or 3 glucose tablets or drinking a sugary drink. FACTS Type 1 diabetics are, on average, hypoglycemic 10 percent of the time. It causes symptoms about twice a week and a severe 'attack' once a year. Type 2 diabetics in comparison have severe episodes only one-tenth as often. The main reason for this difference is the difference in medication taken. 3 Foods to Throw Out Cut a bit of belly bloat each day, by avoiding these 3 foods nucific.com What Are The Symptoms? Your brain needs glucose to run the rest of your body, if levels drop too low, your intellectual function suffers. You can develop what doctors medically term neuroglycopenic symptoms. These incl Continue reading >>

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  1. sammyk

    Hi I am not a diabetic but after getting shaky and feeling odd I tested myself with my husband's monitor and my blood sugar was 3.8. Is this normal for a non diabetic or does it need to be discussed with my gp ?
    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App

  2. hanadr

    sammy
    non-diabetics CAN experience hypos, but 3.8 is far from dangerous. It's probably pretty common in non-diabetics to drop into the 2s and 3 after exercise and if missing meals. It only becomes dangerous under the influence of blood sugar reducing medication, when it CAN keep dropping. Otherwise, the liver will release glucose to correct the problem.
    Despite the tendency for people to panic if bg drops below 4. that is a purely arbitrary number, chosen to make the mantra "4's the floor!" it has no metabolic significance.
    Although I've searched for years, I've NEVER found verifiable evidence of anyone actually dieing from hypo. Not even a diabetic. There is some evidence that occasionally a driver has hypoed, lost control of a vehicle and either killed him/herself or someone else.
    It's possible that a phenomenon called "dead in bed" syndrome, which rarely kills a diabetic is a hypo, but there's no evidence of that.
    In other words a slightly low blood sugar in a person not using hypoglycaemic medicines is HARMLESS and will correct itself if you have your breakfast or if you don't.
    Hana

  3. sammyk

    Thanks for the replies. Was 6 hours after I had eaten and once ibhad some food it soon went back up and was 8.9 once had eaten.
    Maybe I will just mention it to my gp
    Sam
    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App

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Non-diabetic Hypoglycemia

When the blood-glucose drop to below normal levels, hypoglycemia is the result. Though uncommon, people who do not have diabetes can have hypoglycemia, caused by medication, diseases, tumours, or hormone/enzyme deficiencies. The symptoms are similar to diabetes-related hypoglycemia, which may include hunger, shakiness, sweating, light-headedness, sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, speaking difficulties, and weakness. There are two types of non-diabetic hypoglycemia: Reactive hypoglycemia - also called postprandial hypoglycemia, occurs within four hours after meals. Fasting hypoglycemia - also called postabsorptive hypoglycemia, often related to an underlying disease. Reactive Hypoglycemia Diagnosis Laboratory blood plasma analysis from a blood sample taken while having symptoms. A personal blood glucose meter cannot be used to diagnose reactive hypoglycemia. The doctor may ask about the signs and symptoms. See if the symptoms ease when the blood sugar returns to above 70 mg/dL after eating. The oral glucose test is no longer used, as it can actually trigger hypoglycemic symptoms. Relief from the symptoms after eating and a blood-glucose level below 70 mg/dL at the time of t Continue reading >>

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    What is normal for a non-diabetic?

    For fun, I decided to test my non-diabetic boyfriend's blood sugar. He's usually in the low 80s, but tonight I tested him at 54 mg/dL. He had dinner about two hours before I tested him, but his dinner was very small and contained virtually no carbohydrates. I know that non-diabetics can go into the "hypo" range all the time and not necessarily feel any symptoms, but how low is too low? He only complained of being very hungry. He wasn't shaky or dizzy. He did seem a little tired, but it was late. So, I'm just wondering if this number is concerning. He was a 67 mg/dL two days ago.

  2. bluecanary81

    As long as he's not symptomatic, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Mention it at his next doctor's appointment (if he even has a doctor) and they might want to do some fasting labs on him to get a baseline. Even non-diabetics go a little low sometimes, but they are better able to rebound from it from the release of glycogen by the liver.
    I would say too low for a non-diabetic would be symptomatically low.

  3. snusnuMV

    Thanks. I thought so. He was a little cranky, too, but that's typical. I am trying to get him into the doctor for blood work because I suspect his cholesterol is high, and I'll make sure his doctor tests his fasting BG, too.

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