Tuesday letters: Low blood sugar can be managed

August 13, 2013 

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— I am nearly 79 and have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) for more than 20 years. It can be controlled.

When it starts to come on, I get shaky, nervous and very weak.

I carry a Glucagon injection kit and dextrose squeeze tubes at all times. Usually just one squeeze tube is enough to bring my blood sugar back up to normal. If I passed out, the injection kit would bring me back quickly, but I have never had to use it.

I wear a medical bracelet 24/7. I have my blood sugar under control. Most people can do this if they know they have low blood sugar problem.

I have never heard of anyone becoming unruly or combative over this until just recently. I would become too weak and only ask for someone’s help if I couldn’t administer myself. This has never happened. Perhaps I have just been lucky. Or maybe I’m smart enough to know how to take care of myself.

Alfred L. Compton


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