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  1. Sysy
    Sysy June 25, 2011 at 6:57 am | | Reply

    I knew it! I knew that low blood sugars could raise blood pressure. I find that mine rises during and after lows and then drops after a few hours. Once every month or two I’ll get more than one low during the day and my blood pressure will be high (like 150/100). On other days without lows I’ll be 110/70. Dang, just another of many reasons to avoid lows.

    Great job on these answers, Will! You do a fantastic job at informing us and entertaining us all at once.

  2. Jana
    Jana June 25, 2011 at 8:04 am | | Reply

    Thanks so much for your non-judgmental answer to the alcohol question, Wil! Whenever I’m having my history taken or updated at the endo’s or with my primary care doc or whatever, I always feel like even the way they ask the “do you drink?” question is judgmental (somewhat how they ask the smoking question, but that’s totally justified…you should *not* be smoking if you have diabetes, or even if you don’t, for that matter…), and I’ve gotten annoying comments (from primary care docs, to my recollection) suggesting that I really shouldn’t be drinking *ever* as a type 1.

  3. cw
    cw June 25, 2011 at 9:05 am | | Reply

    About treating lows – I usually use organic apple juice to raise a low or a small box of raisins, because I can’t find any products like Dex4 or glucose tablets (easily portable) that don’t contain artificial flavors or food dyes. Are there any products that are easy to carry that are on the market that do not contain anything artificial or FDC Red/Yellow? Just wondering.

  4. Brian
    Brian June 25, 2011 at 9:51 am | | Reply

    I’ve shared Brad’s troubles as long as I’ve been a T1. A low (I’ve never kept exact track of the number for this specific activity) pretty well cripples me. Sugar can bounce back pretty quick and then it’s physically OK, but the frustration from it takes much longer to recover from than the physical ailment. I remember Bret Michaels getting into some hot water a few years back for claiming he’d intentionally produce high blood sugar prior to sex to make it better, and despite all the criticism, it made perfect sense to me for this very reason.

  5. Richard
    Richard June 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm | | Reply

    A friend of mine was dating another Diabetic a while back. She wanted to know if there was anything she ought to know. And I was like, well he will probably test beforehand. And she asked why. And I said, well it counts as physical excercise. And she asked: it does? To which I just said, well…if it’s done right…

    I heard pump users just disconnect their pump to prevent lows, but I don’t use one so have no clue on how useful this or not.

    And yes, low bloodsugar makes getting/maintaining an erection harder. And I would also go so far as to say that as long I can get an erection, I’m not low. However, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that not getting one automatically means I’m low…theres other factors involved.

    There who said internet anonimity doesn’t encourage sharing?

  6. Reyna
    Reyna June 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm | | Reply

    So, I choked on my spit reading the “escort service” part! Wil, YOU.NEVER.DISAPPOINT. Thanks for all of the interesting tid-bits in an entertaining manner.

  7. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston June 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm | | Reply

    Makes perfect sense to me. When you’re low, the body is putting all its energy into staying alive – nothing else. There’s large numbers of things we can’t do physically or mentally during a low, so there’s no reason this one shouldn’t be included. I think it’s a matter of ‘where’s all my energy going at this minute?’ We know about epinephrine & adrenaline releases (“fight or flight” response) to low Bg — if you’re fighting or fleeing danger, you’re not going to “achieve” other things. Disclosure: If my spouse and are romping and I’m having some… trouble, the thought emerges: hmmm, there might be low going on here…. So I’ll grab a grape juice box (Trader Joe’s) and take a breather, till my Bg rises again, or, in your case, “comes back up” (lol).

  8. June S.
    June S. June 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm | | Reply

    I saw those cute little Dex4 bottles up there. I have had a BAD experience with them, since they have a seal on top (after you remove the cap) that a person hypoglycemic enough to need to drink one of those things can’t remove! Have they improved on them lately? I haven’t bought one in a long time, because of that!

  9. William Lee Dubois
    William Lee Dubois June 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | | Reply

    June: nope, the lids/seals still suck. And yes, you are right that they are impossible to open when hypo. That said, the screw on lid is pretty leak-proof. I always take the outer seal off (slightly improved recently), remove the cap, pull off the seal under the cap and then screw the cap back on. When low, unscrew and chug. Thanks for bringing this up!

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