Aggression and lack of co-operation should be well documented symptoms of a hypoglycaemic attack (or 'hypo', as it's better known).
During a hypo, two things happen. Firstly, the brain doesn't have enough fuel work properly, meaning you may see symptoms similar to being drunk. The neural connections required to function properly simply stop working.What is the reason for hostile, paranoid, and uncooperative behavior when someone has a low blood sugar reaction?
Secondly, the body's response to a lack of fuel is a panic response, resulting a massive release of adrenalin. Adrenalin, as you probably know, is the fight or flight hormone that can cause aggression and violence. This may be slightly dependent on the person's personality but the fact remains that a huge adrenalin surge is extremely stressful and it can be very difficult to control your actions, particularly if your brain is already impaired from a lack of 'fuel'.
I don't really know the answer to this one - everyone has fluctuating levels of how severe a hypo feels. I'd suggest it's perhaps down to the level of adrenalin released. I personally find that hypos that happen during my sleep are 'worse' because my body seems to produce far more adrenalin, in order to wake me up presumably. The point is though that going as low as 40 is very, very dangerous and 20 is even worse.The reactions vary wildly and the level of the blood sugar seems to have no bearing on the reaction, so for example sometimes his blood sugar could be 40 and he’s docile, while at 20, he’s violent. However, the next week it could be the opposite.
Both. The carbs in beer will initially raise blood sugar but the alcohol will inhibit the steady release of glucose from the liver which can result in a drop in blood sugar a few hours after drinking. The body is also less able to cope when this happens. Usually during a hypo your brain can instruct your liver to release emergency glucose but if your liver is occupied with alcohol, it can't do both.Does beer have an effect on raising/lowering bloodsugar?
It's not the meter that's the issue, really. It's your father's ability to regularly monitor his blood sugar, track changes and adjust his insulin accordingly. It sounds to me like he needs to test more regularly. I'd say hourly for a few days plus a couple of times at night so he gets a handle on what his blood sugar 'does' during the day, and then he should be able to drop this down so he's only testing first thing in the morning, before every meal, 2 hours after every meal and then just before bed. He'll then need to use this information to work out how to change his insulin doses throughout the day.Is there anything better out there to monitor bloodsugar? My dad's still using a meter from a few years back.
I appreciate it's hard on you. You can't blame him for the reaction he has during the hypo but he does need to take responsibility for preventing himself getting in that state.