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Going Hypo?

07 Oct 2009 00:21 #3965 by loquat1
loquat1 created the topic: Going Hypo?
Hello again Doc.

I've just entered my 3rd day of the Oct. Group Fast, & I need some reassurance. Predictably perhaps, my insulin sensitivity must be improving, because I've just recorded a pre bed BG of 2.9 mmols/ltr. At this rate of BG depletion, I'm concerned that by tomorrow night, I will be going to bed with a sub 2.00 mmols/ltr reading. Is it possible that during the night I could go into hypoglycaemic shock, & slip into a coma from which I will never awake?

In the absence of overnight BG levels above 2.00 mmols/ltr, will ketones keep me alive?


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11 Oct 2009 10:47 #3978 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re:Going Hypo?
Most definitely hypoglycaemia is a risk factor. It is a bit less likely at night because you burn less sugar when asleep. But you can NOT get a hypo unless you injected insulin. You really need to adjust your insulin dosage to your blood sugar. If I were below 3 in the evening I would actually take no insulin at all for the night.

I have seen sugars lower than this in non-diabetics with no adverse side effects. But in insulin dependent people I would be very careful.

Meanwhile, it is likely better not to sleep alone. I would even go so far as to set an alarm at night to check how you are faring.

Ketones does indeed keep us alive when we fast. It is practically a total replacement for blood sugar, although some cells really wish to have blood sugar also.. in particularly brain cells.


All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.

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12 Oct 2009 10:42 #3982 by loquat1
loquat1 replied the topic: Re:Going Hypo?
OK Doc., thx. I don't take meds, or inject insulin. I control my diabetes with diet & exercise, the occasional supplement, and now fasting. So basically, it is impossible for me to go hypo. I can go to bed with sub 2.00 & not worry about waking up in the morning.

Only thing left for me to do is to come off the supplements - which is my nxt goal.

Response requested only if you disagree with any of the above.


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