I am 41 years old, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1974; therefore I've had the disease for 37 years. I have been always been considered a brittle diabetic and am extremely sensitive to insulin as well as other conditions such as emotions, illness, etc. Fortunately, I have not had any complications other than not being able to feel my hypoglycemic reactions coming on. Recently, however, I've noticed my feet start tingling/burn when I am low or very close. For example, I noticed my feet and when I tested, my blood sugar was 85 (which is low for me). My question is, should I be happy about this new symptom/alert to my low bs or should I be concerned this may be an early sign of neuropathy?
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out.
the symptom of tingling in the feet is more suggestive of the development of neuropathy rather than a symptom of hypoglycemia. It makes sense to consult a neurologist and get a nerve conduction velocity test done to rule out diabetic peripheral sensory neuropathy.
It is not good to have episodes of hypoglycemia as each episode of hypoglycemia can induce a rhythm disturbance of the heart which can be life threatening.
You will probably need to adjust the dose of insulin and maintain a fasting sugar between 100-120 and a post prandial sugar of less than 160. Please consult an endocrinologist for the same.
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