I so needed a good sleep tonight! It's been a long week of late nights, and I finally succumbed to that numb grumpiness that eventually hits me in these periods of bad sleep. I managed to get myself into bed before 1am... well it's better than 2am, right? I dozed off pretty quick, with the cats snuggled up against my legs. All was well until we had an earthquake just as I was off to noddy land.
I normally don't give a hoot about earthquakes - I'm used to them. This one managed to rattle & shake me fully awake, so here I am, back on the computer, now 2:20am and I'm blog-surfing (and obviously, blog posting).
A little tid-bit I found tucked off to the side on diabetes mine caught my attention. A study of tightly controlled and averagely controlled diabetics, and the results say: Diabetes treatment said no threat to mental skills. In other words, those of us who are trying for tighter control, and often experiencing more lows (and for some, seizures and hospitalisation from more serious lows) don't seem to suffer from mental troubles in the long term.
This has never been a serious worry for me personally - my lows have never been that serious (so far, touch wood...) but it has stuck in my mind that a lot of people warn against lows in case of brain damage. It struck me as possible, but unlikely for the average diabetic. I did wonder if it was different for those who end up having seizures or a coma though. We diabetics have enough to worry about, thank you very much.
There may, of course, be studies that came up with the opposite result - never can trust just one study to have all the answers - but I'll trust my instincts on this one. I'm much happier aiming for tight control and avoiding the dangers of those highs. Sure, lows can be a problem, sometimes scary, sometimes troublesome, always annoying, but I don't have many and I don't think they're much to worry about next to the fear of going blind, losing my kidney function, losing a foot - the sorts of things we can look forward to from allowing our blood sugar to get high. Icky.