Thursday, November 09, 2006

T1 begets T1 x2

This is my D-blog post and is going to be very short. I have a night full of work to do and it's already later than I would like.

Yesterday I found this video on MSN entitled, Raising Awareness of Diabetes. On it is a short segment about a mother/daughter duo, Karen and Elena Gunter, who both have T1.

Evidently this is much more common than I had imagined. Yikes!


Blogger Chrissie in Belgium said...

Hi Keith,
I watched the video and I get so scared every time one says that most T1s die of doing to low in the night, and never waking up. I would like to know just how often this really happens. I feel cornered b/c if i do not keep the bg low it tends to bounce and go to high. Keeping it low makes it easier to keep the bg values steady the whole next day, for me at least. I usually keep bg values around 70-80 at night. I always wake up twice during the night to check it. I feel I have no other choice and then I hear this scary stuff!

6:40 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

Hey Chrissie,
I too wonder what are the accurate statistics on DIB. I haven't had a problem with hypoglycemic insensitivity since shortly after I began pump therapy. Six months or so before that I got into a period where I didn't 'feel' the low 'til I was in the 40's or even below (that was a little scary). Now I can generally tell in the low 70's/upper 60's if a test doesn't tell me first.

I don't worry about DIB much, but I try not to go to bed w/alot of insulin on board. I try to run my before bed test early enough that I have time to correct before hitting the hay.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Chrissie in Belgium said...

Hi Keith,
Thanks so much for answering! Although I tend to have hypo unawareness, I usually DO feel a hypos when the bg value is below 50. BUT NOT ALWAYS. I have been doing tests in the night for so many years that I always wake up around midnight and 3AM and just automatically do the tests. It is just routine with me. Also my basal is well adjusted and only at 0.2U per hour. My total daily dose is about 14units, all together including everything; so I take very little insulin!Nevertheles, I do sometimes have a hypo at night, but just a sip of coke USUALLY does the trick and saves me! Still I get SO SCARED when I read this stuff. Mostly I am scared because I do not feel I have any other choice....... and if I ask doctors they say keep it higher but they cannot then help me balance the blood sugars the rest of the day. So what really are my alternatives? I wonder if anyone really has those statistics. How dangerous is this????? Hmmmmm.....

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys. has published some interesting studies on this subject. Most of the studies were done in Norway.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Johnboy said...

Keith, just popping in to say Happy D-Blog Day! Hope you got all the work done. If not, I'm sure it will be there for you tomorrow. ;-)

12:58 PM  

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