Why Is Hyperglycemia More Common Than Hypoglycemia?
Statistically I cannot tell you which is more common. From experience as a Type 1 Diabetic I can say hyperglycemia is definitely more common than hypoglycemia. As to why, I can offer a couple of guesses. Diabetes, by its definition, is a "loss" of usable insulin. Either the body does not make any (or enough) - Type 1 - or the body cannot use the insulin it does make - Type 2. The end result is the same either way: hyperglycemia. Sometimes an unexpected or unanticipated variable will occur with a diabetic, causing a low blood sugar reaction (hypoglycemia). The treatment for that is to consume some type of sugar. But the experience of a hypoglycemic event is stressful and causes a "panicked" need to eat. It is not uncommon for a person experiencing hypoglycemia to overcompensate with the food. Soon enough, the blood sugar level is back to normal. The problem is, there is usually some undigested food still being turned into sugar. After a while the person's blood sugar level is too high - back to hyperglycemia. Mathematically, for nearly every low blood sugar there is going to be a follow-up high blood sugar, making the occurrence of high blood sugar and low blood sugar nearly equal. Continue reading >>