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My Grandmother is 79 and a diabetic. About once every two months she awakes in the middle of the night freezing cold and shaking uncontrollably. When she checks her blood sugar she is at 157 so its not a low. Shaking lasts for approx. two to three hours and drinking something seems to help more than eating. What could be the cause of this? Please help. Thank you
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replied March 27th, 2012
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The presence of chills ad rigors at night, in a diabetic patient, could be a sign of infection within the body. The most common causes of such asymptomatic infections can seen in the urinary tract, bones, or the skin.

Hence , it would be best if your grand mother consults her doctor for a comprehensive examination and tests including a complete hemogram, blood cultures, urinalysis, urine culture and sensitivity.

Treatment can be with prescription antibiotics, provided by your doctor.

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