Let’s Talk Lows
Editor’s Note: From June 13 – June 20 2021, Beyond Type 1 focused on hypoglycemia and severe hypoglycemia during our ‘Let’s Talk Lows’ campaign. We looked at causes, symptoms, fears and treatment options. Revisit our content using the hashtag #LetsTalkLows and share your hypoglycemia experiences with the community.
How to Get Emergency Glucagon: CoPay Cards & Insurance DenialsIf you take insulin or a medication that can cause low blood sugar, having an emergency glucagon treatment is a must -- it could save your life. Here, we’ll look at getting insurance coverage for emergency glucagon, and available patient assistance programs to help pay for it.
Dr. Steve Edelman on Hypoglycemia + GlucagonI think the biggest issue today is people do not have a valid prescription for it. I always have this analogy, if you have a house or an apartment and it gets robbed and they steal everything that's important to you, what do you do next? You get an alarm system on your house. And I always say that same analogy. If someone's had a bad hypo, they always have glucagon with them, but they did not have one at the time that they really needed it when they had a bad hypo. So, we have to really say, "Yeah, it can occur even if you're on CGM, especially if you're a Type 2 on insulin as well," cause that happens. And you got to have a valid glucagon kit with you, a valid meaning unexpired. These new glucagon kits last much longer. They don't expire as fast as the older ones do, so that's also helpful.
A Frightening Lack of Glucagon Access in MexicoWhen I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in a public hospital — Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) — I did not receive much explanation about hypoglycemia. All the information I received was "have something sweet." I received no formal training regarding the 15g carb rule and no one mentioned I could face a life-or-death scenario with low glucose levels. Of course no one ever mentioned glucagon. This is an experience most of us have faced in Mexico.
My 10-Year Old Can Save My LifeAnyone familiar with Type 1 Diabetes has heard the term hypo or low when discussing blood glucose levels. And, whether you are someone with T1D or someone who cares for a T1D, chances are you have bee...MORE
Hypoglycemia ConfessionsI would like to say that I can limit myself to 15g of glucose, but the truth is, when I have a low bloodsugar, things get crazy.MORE
Untreatable: My Life With Chronic Sustained LowsI know this is terrifying. I take it extremely seriously. My situation is complicated, mysterious, and in many ways dire. It’s something that I’m learning to process and handle as I grow with it.MORE
Crashing Low While Riding Up — A Chairlift Emergency"I have been low on chairlift rides many times and I have used glucagon in an emergency twice… but I have only ever had one scary low while on a chairlift."MORE
Climbing Mountains and Surviving LowsMichael Gaudet, a chemical engineer by trade, an avid mountaineer and senior instructor at the Colorado Mountain Club, has used glucagon numerous times.MORE
The Words We Use When Talking About LowsRenza recounts learning about lows following her diagnosis with T1D, a scary encounter with severe hypoglycemia, and the words we use to describe hypos.MORE
GlucagonGlucagon raises your blood sugar (treating hypoglycemia) while insulin lowers it (treating hyperglycemia or preventing it when taken before eating).MORE
Hypoglycemia and How to Treat ItIt's important to know that treatment of hypoglycemia depends on the severity of hypoglycemic episode, and whether or not patient is conscious. Also, remember that recurrence of hypoglycemia is c...MORE
Why doesn’t glucagon work with alcohol?You may have heard that glucagon is ineffective in treating low blood sugar when you're drinking. But why doesn't glucagon work with alcohol? Turns out, there are actual biological processe...MORE
Overcoming FOH: Fear of HypoglycemiaWhile hypoglycemia is always a possibility and is a reality those with T1D must live with, there are ways to overcome living in constant fear.MORE
Let’s Talk Lows with BT1 Staff
In this causal conversation we discussed some of our scarier hypo experiences, sharing what we wish people knew about low blood sugars, and the changing the way we think about treatment options.
Let’s Talk Lows with Dr. Anne Peters
Dr. Peters discusses some of the barriers to obtaining glucagon, when to use in an emergency situation, and how newer formulations are making it easier than ever to train loved ones how to use.
Educational content related to severe hypoglycemia is made possible with support from Lilly Diabetes, and editorial control rests solely on Beyond Type 1.