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Topic Title: Hypo Awareness
Created On: 01/14/2009 01:04 PM
 01/14/2009 01:36 PM

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1.6 mmol/l equals 28 mg/dl
11.1 mmol/l equals 200 mg/dl

Air temperature in Montreal today - 30C equals - -22F - time to make popsicles!!!

In future - I shall do like I do with my other American friends for air temperature/distance - convert for you. I should have realised this is an American based website - my mistake. At least doing this conversion will keep my brain exercising (hey - it's not just the body we have to keep ship shape - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)

BTW Doris, it's not because we are metric here in Canada that we use mmol/l - it is because we use the World Standard Measure for BG. The United States hasn't followed suit yet - but in time you will all eventually come to the " dark side " - hee hee - it's not really that bad. As far as I know most blood glucose meters can be converted to either measurement standard!

Here's a table from the website referenced below:

mmol/l mg/dl interpretation
------ ----- --------------
2.0 / 35 extremely low, danger of unconciousness
3.0 / 55 low, marginal insulin reaction
4.0 / 75 slightly low, first symptoms of lethargy etc.
5.5 / 100 mecca
5 - 6 / 90-110 normal preprandial in nondiabetics
8.0 / 150 normal postprandial in nondiabetics
10.0 / 180 maximum postprandial in nondiabetics
11.0 / 200
15.0 / 270 a little high to very high depending on patient
16.5 / 300
20.0 / 360 getting up there
22 / 400 max mg/dl for some meters and strips
33 / 600 high danger of severe electrolyte imbalance

Preprandial = before meal
Postprandial = after meal

For more info on the above as I have copied/pasted the table to this post and as you can see - no matter how I type it in - it comes in abit screwy due to the editing program at this website - go to this link :http://www.faqs.org/faqs/diabe...q/part1/section-9.html
 01/14/2009 01:23 PM

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Anna ... I'm afraid us US citizens haven't got a clue about what your meters measure. It's right up there with the metric system. Can you translate those numbers by any chance, please?


 01/14/2009 01:04 PM

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Since going on the pump I don't have hypos that often - except when I perhaps over bolus for a carb that I'm not sure about - so I take a guess at it.

I had a real interesting hypo a few nights ago. I woke up - and didn't even feel like I was low - I just got up. Went trotting off to the kitchen - trying not to step on the cat - and started to pop Dex4's into me. I've got some tasty ones - different flavours (one is coconut - yummy). I was trying to count how many I was eating - but then I was concentrating on how yummy each flavour was. I realised at that point - "What am I doing? - I haven't checked my BG yet - I may not be low!!". At this point in time - I think I was a count 4 for the Dex4 - and probably should have stopped there. Test the BG - and this is without my fingers being washed - but I think I pricked a nonDex4 dusty finger - my BG was 1.6!!!! At the time I thought it said 1.9 and freaked - then I ate a few tsps of peanut butter to ward off the nasty sugar on my teeth - and went back to bed. I knew this was a bad hypo tho' - because as I was sitting at the kitchen table - could feel beads of sweat rolling under my night shirt.

Anyway, I'm very lucky that I have hypo awareness - they say as we age - the longer we have diabetes that this sometimes disappears - but so far - touch wood (does particle board count) - I still know when I'm having one. Tho' this one freaked me out abit - e.g. instead of grabbing the juice box I keep by the bed why did I go to the kitchen?

Wondering what my blood sugar was the next morning? Drum roll .... 11.1 - yuppers - OD'd on Dex4 abit me thinkest. Usually in the a.m. - I am between 3.5 - 6.0.

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