Knowing how to manage your Type 1 Diabetes is crucial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Having Low Blood Sugar can be extremely dangerous for someone who has T1D. Unfortunately, it’s not difficult for someone’s insulin levels to get low. Simply eating too much or not enough can cause a dangerous drop in one’s insulin levels and can be threatening if not treated properly.
The following list will give you an idea of what can cause insulin levels to drop:
- Taking too much insulin
- Not eating enough
- Eating too late in the evening
- Injecting too much insulin
- Exercising too much
- Illness or Injury
- Medication interaction
When any of these actions do occur and your insulin levels get low, you will feel some noticeable symptoms such as: nausea, extreme fatigue, you may feel very anxious, vision may be blurry, you may feel very irritable, you can become dizzy and unable to concentrate, your coordination could become very unstable. In extreme cases one could pass out or even have a seizure.
It’s important to pay close attention to your body and even more important to be prepared if you have an attack. If your glucose levels are only slightly down you may only need to check your levels and eat something, and relax. If your levels are low and you are feeling the repercussions it’s extremely important to consume a fast acting source of glucose. Continue to monitor your blood sugar levels so that you can determine if a more action needs to take place.
If you or your loved one’s blood sugar levels are at a dangerous level; call 911, administer an emergency glucagon shot, then proceed to supply food.
Diabetes burnout is a common patient reaction to the overwhelming, demanding, and frustrating burden of having to take care of yourself when you have diabetes. The community of SDWR understands this and that is why we have trained our Service Dogs to help you manage this very complex disease. A SDWR Service Dog has the capabilities to inform you that you should check your levels before it gets out of control. When it comes to the highs and lows of Type1 diabetes, our service dogs are the eyes, ears, and nose needed to keep you stable and healthy.