I’ve read several discussions and comments here lately that have mentioned people going low while driving, and want to understand more about the experience of going very low, since it’s never happened to me (I’m T2 and only take Metformin).
Some of what I’ve read suggests that a person can go very low super fast under some circumstances, and that’s what I’m mostly wondering about – how fast it comes on. I can understand going HIGH pretty fast, from glucose being poured into the bloodstream … but how does it get OUT of the blood that fast? One person mentioned going from over 300 to under 30 in something like 15 minutes. I know too much insulin for too few carbs can be dangerous … but is that the only mechanism at work here?
Also, I’m under the impression that these severe lows can happen really suddenly, with no warning. What causes them to be so unpredictable?
I’m sure this must be a very sensitive topic and I really hope not to offend anyone … but I guess my biggest question is about whether people should be driving at all if there’s a regular possibility of going low quickly enough to crash the car. I’m NOT saying diabetics should give up driving! I just really want to understand how this works, and how people can be sure they’re going to be OK while they’re driving – or doing any other dangerous activity.
Thanks for any insights you can share.