1. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    High levels of blood glucose in general are more likely to cause long term problems than short ones. However, if someone has type one diabetes then they can go into DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) which can lead to a coma. People with type 2 diabetes don't generally produce ketones so it is not as much of an issue for them.

    Low levels are actually caused by the insulin that people with insulin dependent diabetes need to stay alive! My son spent a few days of his holiday in a Bulgarian hospital a few years ago because of a hypo that caused a seizure. It is a constant balancing act between the amount of insulin, the carbohydrate intake and the exercise that the person takes. People who have many years of experience of looking after their own diabetes will still often struggle to maintain good control, because there are so many variables and the body doesn't always behave as expected!

    The basics are that insulin will bring blood glucose levels down and glucose will raise them.
     
  2. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    How is your mum now PurplePoppy?
     
  3. PurplePoppy

    PurplePoppy Registered User

    Oct 3, 2005
    53
    Hi Brenda, I last saw mum on Monday, and she was more or less back to normal (well normal for her). I plan on going in on Thursday. Thanks for asking and for clearing up about Type1 and Type2 Diabetes. You explained it better than I did.
     
  4. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #24 Margarita, Apr 30, 2007
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2007
    Thank - you Brenda
    xx
     

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