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Hypo-unawareness Unawareness

Will you still feed me - When I'm 64?

Every time I see my endocrinologist, he asks questions like “Can you feel it when you’re 70?” “How low does your blood sugar have to get before you know?” You know, the typical questions used to figure out if, and by how much, Hypoglycemic Unawareness has set in.

I’ve been reading a lot about Hypo Unawareness lately. As I understand it, Hypo-Unawareness is when you are unable to tell that your BG is low without testing it. Its magnitude is defined by a threshold – some can’t feel it until they drop below 60 mg/dL, some not until 50, and some not until 40 or lower. Some people can’t tell when they’re hypoglycemic at all. Hence the question, how low before you feel it?

As for me, I don’t know my cutoff. Sometimes I “feel it” when I’m at 85. Other times, I test, and am shocked to see a 58 because I feel fine (but once I know, then I start to feel it, like it’s psychosomatic or something).  Maybe I’m hypo-unaware, I’m not sure.  I’ve got Hypo-Unawareness Unawareness.

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