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From America On-Line:

My son-in-law developed diabetes at age 8; he is now 21. It is not uncommon for him to have several seizures each week. Usually they are hard muscle spasms and being unable to comprehend or communicate. This morning at 5:30 A.M. he had a seizure similar to epilepsy. The seizure started normally and after 2 glasses of juice and sugar, he seemed to be getting better and could talk coherently. All of a sudden he jerked hard 3 times and became totally rigid and started to foam. This is a very distinct change and has us all worried. Is this an unusual reaction for diabetics to have?

Answer:

This situation of recurrent seizures is very unlikely to be related to diabetes, unless his insulin program is way out-of-line for his activity and meal plan. The way to be sure would be to determine if the blood sugar level at the time of the seizures is low (in which case the seizures are probably related to hypoglycemia, and he and his diabetes team need to readjust things promptly!) or not (in which case he should be seen by a neurologist).

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Original posting 7 Dec 97

  
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