Recurrent hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes mellitus resulting from intensive academic activity: an illustrative case report

Alphonsus N. Onyiriuka, Abiola O. Oduwole, Elizabeth E. Oyenusi, Isaac O. Oluwayemi, Moustafa Kouyate, Olubunmi Fakaye, Chiedozie J. Achonwa, Mohammad Abdullahi
2014 Romanian Journal of Diabetes Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases  
We report a common diabetes management problem illustrated by an adolescent female university student with recurrent episodes of hypoglycaemia on Tuesdays when she has intensive academic activity lasting most of the day. Steps taken to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia were patient education and empowerment, frequent self monitoring of blood glucose, reduction in insulin dose on Tuesdays and emphasizing availability of ongoing professional guidance and support anytime she may need it. One of the
more » ... need it. One of the challenges encountered in the management of this patient was her family's inability to afford the cost of basal-bolus regimen or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion via insulin pump; the two insulin regimens that best fit into university lifestyle. Conclusion: Adolescents with diabetes mellitus attending tertiary educational institutions may be at increased risk of hypoglycaemia, particularly on days when they have intensive academic activities.
doi:10.2478/rjdnmd-2014-0007 fatcat:ranjkalhj5f23j6zldcebhk5e4