So I’m not feeling well today — just a bit of a cold, but yesterday I had a low grade fever and I freaked out, all I could think about was decreased healing and how my diabetic friend was recently hospitalized for flu complications…ahhhh! Anyway, so after I recovered from my bout of hypochondria, I started wondering what the real complications were, rather than the just the exaggerated ones in my head. I’ve been wondering about possible complications (i.e. negative consequences) lately anyway, so it seemed like a good time to investigate further. As far as I can tell, most long-term complications are attributed to consistently high blood sugar — Here’s one of the more succinct summaries I’ve found:
“People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems. Consistently high blood glucose levels can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. In addition, people with diabetes also have a higher risk of developing infections. In almost all high-income countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation.” (International Diabetes Federation — who knew there was a Federation for diabetes… it makes us sound like we’re in Star Trek or something)
Anyway, that all sounds rather gnarly — makes me grateful that I’ve been fighting the lows lately rather than the highs, although then I might pass out — which would then take me back to the glucagon issue… which then got me wondering, other than the generic “pass out,” what are the real possible consequences of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia…
According to WebMD…Symptoms can be different depending on how low your blood sugar level drops.
- Mild hypoglycemia can make you feel hungry or like you want to vomit. You could also feel jittery or nervous. Your heart may beat fast. You may sweat. Or your skin might turn cold and clammy.
- Moderate hypoglycemia often makes people feel short-tempered, nervous, afraid, or confused. Your vision may blur. You could also feel unsteady or have trouble walking.
- Severe hypoglycemia can cause you to pass out. You could have seizures. It could even cause a coma or death.
Wow. “coma or death.” that’ll sober you up quick. oh wait, I don’t drink.
**Sidebar: I felt a bit shaky just then, I tested and I’m at 56. Fuck me. Hold on, going to eat something, be right back. Real thought process: What should I eat? I could have those powdered doughnuts I really like. I’d have to drive my car. shit. I might pass out and crash/die. I could walk. fuck. same problem. I guess I’ll have juice.**
And I’m back… so anyway… where was I… oh right, coma or death. fan-fucking-tastic. I think that’s a post-ender right there. Even if it isn’t, I think I’m going to sign off here. I’m waiting to recover from this low, irritated as hell, shaking like I have Parkinson’s (#notappropriate #don’tcare), and unable to focus… and maybe a little short-tempered… just maybe (see above symptoms of hypoglycemia). Happy Diabetes! woo.