A BBC News Anchor Describes What It Was Like to Have a Hypoglycemic Attack Live On Air
A diabetes nightmare recently became a reality for BBC news anchor Alex Ritson. On December 1, the radio announcer, who has type 1 diabetes, suffered a severe hypoglycemic attack on-air.
“As I was trying to read the script, my eyes started operating independently of each other, creating two swirling pages of words, neither of which would stay still,” he wrote about his recent experience. “And I had a strange sensation which I can only describe as my subconscious, for reasons of survival, independently trying to wrestle my life controls away from my failing conscious mind.”
Fortunately, Ritson’s colleagues were aware of his medical condition and promptly helped him consume more than a dozen packets of sugar. Within minutes, he returned to his anchor seat and shared the harrowing incident with his audience. “If someone you know has type 1 diabetes and you see them sweating, yawning or looking incredibly tired—or being uncharacteristically drunk or moody—ask them to check their sugar level,” he wrote.
Diabetes is a condition in which the body has trouble processing glucose (sugar) because the effects of insulin have been reduced.
In people with type 1 diabetes, that's because the pancreas isn't making enough insulin. In people with type 2 diabetes, that's because the body's cells have become resistant to insulin. Both types cause more glucose to end up in your blood than normal. As a result, patients—especially those with type 1—may be prescribed medicine to regulate their blood glucose levels. This can, unfortunately, cause your blood sugar level to beco Continue reading