Islets of Hope care tips for persons with diabetes
Compiled by Lahle Wolfe, who is not a medical doctor but has diabetes, and is a parent of a young child with diabetes who uses an insulin pump.
People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin. This makes them vulnerable to hypoglycemia (low blood glucose).
Mild hypglycemia is treated by eating or drinking a fast-acting sugar.
Untreated, blood glucose can drop rapidly so a person becomes confused and unable to swallow. If this happens, it is necessary to inject a shot of glucagon to save the person's life.
Some people with diabetes lose their ability to recognize the symptoms of early hypoglycemia. This is why testing blood glucose often is so important. Person who have no sensitivity to hypoglycemia may do better on an insulin pump than on shots.
Insulin Shock - When too much insulin is given, too little food is eaten with insulin, or during exercise, blood glucose levels can drop dangerously low resulting in "insulin shock." Untreated, a person can lose consciousness, slip into coma, or die.
Free Printable Publications
Prepare & Inject Glucagon for Treatment of Severe Hypoglycemia
How to Prepare & Inject Glucagon (this is a fast-reference printout of excerpts from our main publication on glucagon.
and Fasting Hypoglycemia
Tips for Injecting Glucagon
Tips on Storing Glucagon
Tips on Teaching Others How to Inject Glucagon
For more information
Causes of Hypoglycemia Related to
Hypoglycemia in Nondiabetic Persons
Two types of hypoglycemia can occur in people who do not have diabetes: reactive (postprandial, or after meals) and fasting (postabsorptive). Reactive hypoglycemia is not usually related to any underlying disease; fasting hypoglycemia often is.
Page Updated 04/13/2006