January 2, 2013

Jedi Mind Trick to Correct Hypoglycemia Unawareness


naltrexoneCan a drug that is used to help alcoholics and addicts overcome their weakness be used to help people with diabetes recognize low blood sugar when they experience hypoglycemia unawareness? A study  is looking at restoring  awareness of a lethal condition in diabetes.

It may come across as a Jedi mind trick but retraining your brain to acknowledge symptoms of hypoglycemia are critically essential to life with diabetes. The object of this study is dicey but could help sensitize the insensitivity of hypoglycemia unawareness. This may prove to be a stronghold in a helpless situation.

The purpose of this study is to see if naltrexone can be used in people with Type 1 diabetes who experience hypoglycemia unawareness. It will show whether naltrexone could reduce hypoglycemia unawareness. Using MRI, researchers will observe whether naltrexone changes the way blood flows in the brain when a person is experiencing hypoglycemia.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist , the Vice President, Medicine & Science, at the American Diabetes Association. The completion date is June 30, 2013. The results should be an awakening for people distressed with the experience of hypoglycemia unawareness and possibly provide an end to a living nightmare.

In the course of T1D, time can decay our acuteness in the eyes, kidneys, and peripheral limbs. But this study may be a game changer. How often can you say that something is restored in your senses with T1D? In the wise words of Yoda, “do or do not. There is no try in defeating the Dark Side of hypoglycemia unawareness.

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