Let’s Talk Lows

 

Editor’s Note: This week, Beyond Type 1 will be focusing on hypoglycemia and severe hypoglycemia during our ‘Let’s Talk Lows’ campaign. We’re looking at causes, symptoms, fears and treatment options. Follow along using the hashtag #LetsTalkLows and share your hypoglycemia experiences with the community.


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. 

Hypoglycemia Stories

My 10-Year Old Can Save My Life


Anyone 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 Confessions


I 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 Lows


I 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 Lows


Michael 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 Lows


Renza recounts learning about lows following her diagnosis with T1D, a scary encounter with severe hypoglycemia, and the words we use to describe hypos.MORE

Love and Lows in the Deli Line: A T1D Struggle


Suddenly, seemingly out of left field, you feel it. The sweating. The shakes. The disorientation. You need to test, and you need to test now. MORE

 

Hypoglycemia Resources

Glucagon


Glucagon 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 It


It'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 Hypoglycemia


While 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

What is Hypoglycemia Unawareness?


Jordan Hoese, MD, MPH gives us the scientific lowdown on hypoglycemia unawareness and why it's crucial to understand this common diabetes complication.MORE

 


Educational content related to severe hypoglycemia is made possible with support from Lilly Diabetes (BAQSIMI), and editorial control rests solely on Beyond Type 1.