blood sugars or
by some form of sugar,
such as candy, non-diet soda or fruit juice (even unsweetened juice
contains fructose -a form of sugar) If untreated, convulsions or
unconsciousness called insulin shock
shock is, essentially the brain shutting down, from a
rapid loss of usable glucose or sugar for nourishment.
is the great risk for Diabetics who take insulin injections, not
to be confused with a drug overdose,
insulin shock may be brought on by any number of factors that normal
people take for granted, such as meal containing "too few"
calories or not eating "on schedule".
person with Diabetes at this point needs
immediate medical attention.
key to understanding Type 1 Diabetes is that taking a dose of insulin
is not the same as taking a pill. People who take medications for a condition
such as high blood pressure may take a one, or a number of pills each
day, and if they don't work, a doctor can increase a patent's dosage.
1 Diabetics do have a prescribed amount of insulin we take everyday.
even after following our dosage of insulin, diet and exercise. There
any number of factors, many unavoidable, that make it difficult
to keep blood sugars under the control needed to avoid blood sugar
highs and lows.
Type 1 diabetics carry the same antibodies that destroyed
our islet cells, these attack the insulin we inject, only
to release it hours later.
then there are the seemingly random crashes and extreme highs
that some times make lives so chaotic.
of this we can never completely lower our guard against the
dangers our own bodies places us in. Some people might think that
because of this people with Diabetes shouldn't be able to do anything,
but for those of us who live with this condition, we understand
that all it takes is planning, awareness, and the ability to "roll
with the punches" in order to do everything anyone else can
we can also at a moments notice, check our blood sugar levels, with testing
strips and meters.