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Question:

From Ohio, USA:

Can Type 1 diabetes in a 15 year old female affect short term memory?

Answer:

It is possible that the 15 year old you are referring to may have some memory lapses if she is having frequent and/or severe low blood sugars. Prior to losing consciousness from a low blood sugar, many people experience a period of time where they do not remember what has been happening. If the low is recognized and treated, the person does not have to completely lose consciousness to have this memory lapse. I often see this with students who are low in class and miss critical instruction, but appear fine to the teacher. If the young woman is experiencing short term memory loss and her diabetes is and has been well controlled, it would be wise to seek further evaluation. If it seems to you that the lapses are related to lows, a discussion with her diabetes team would be a good idea.

LW

Original posting 17 Dec 1998
Posted to Hypoglycemia

  
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