One of the biggest fears of people living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and their caregivers is a low blood sugar event, also known as hypoglycemia. While people with T1D may not recognize the signs of dropping blood sugar, most know how dangerous it can be if left unnoticed or untreated.
What is Hypoglycemia?
- Low blood glucose levels – outside of your target range
- Typically less than 70 mg/DL
- Triggers your fight/flight response due to a release of adrenaline
- If left untreated, may lead to seizure or coma.
What is Hypoglycemia Unawareness?
Hypoglycemia unawareness is a complication of T1D where the patient misses the typical symptoms of a blood sugar drop (palpitations, sweating, anxiety, etc.). When their body does not release adrenaline there are no warning symptoms and then they are at risk for life threatening complications.
Online Interactive Resource – Hypoglycemia Education
We recently came across a new educational resource about hypoglycemia from the ‘Diabetes Sisters.’ This online resource includes basic information about hypoglycemia as well as video-based and interactive learning, infographics and more. Topics include “What Does Hypoglycemia Feel Like?” and “How to Talk to Your Doctor About Hypoglycemia.”
Each topic includes videos, quick tips and a quiz to test what you’ve learned. Visit the website to test your knowledge and share with family and friends so that they can be familiar with the signs of low blood sugar and help you if needed. It is important that people with diabetes know the risks of hypoglycemia as part of your diabetes management plan.
Diabetes Sisters – visit this online community to read stories of how others deal with the real life challenges of diabetes.
American Diabetes Association – Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)