• Diabetic Diabetic
    August 12, 2009
    Does diabetes cause dizziness?
    Diabetic Diabetic
    August 12, 2009

    I have had Type 1 diabetes for the past 10 years. I never seemed to have this problem before but in the past couple months, every time I stand up after either sleeping or sitting down for a while, I get extremely dizzy and feel like I'm going to black out. It used to last for about five seconds and then I was fine, but today I actually did black out. After it happened today, I quickly checked myself and my blood sugar was in a normal range. Does anyone have the same problem? Is it related to my diabetes or is it caused by something else?  Thank you for your response.

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  • Amy Tudor
    Health Guide
    July 06, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    Health Guide
    July 06, 2014

    Hi Diabetic,

     

    I'm so sorry this happened to you! It sounds very frightening!  You should definitely tell your doctor that this is happening, both because he or she will be able to assess if your diabetes or the medications you're taking for it are the cause AND because the dizziness might be caused by another condition that only a doctor can diagnose. Dizziness can be due to balance issues, abnormal blood pressure levels, and many other health issues. Better to have it checked out as soon as possible, particularly since you can be injured by falling if you black out again.

     

    Here are some other articles you might find useful as you are learning to manage your condition:

     

    Questioning Dietary Guidelines for Diabetics

    Dizziness (overview)

    Sleep More, Weigh Less for Diabetes

     

    Best of luck to you!

     

     


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