In The Know: Hypoglycemia

Chief Justice Renato Corona, a longtime diabetic with two bypass surgeries in the past, was still confined at the intensive care unit of The Medical City in Pasig City due to the “hypoglycemic episode” he suffered soon after delivering a three-hour “opening statement” on Tuesday.

Chief Justice Renato Corona, a longtime diabetic with two bypass surgeries in the past, was still confined at the intensive care unit of The Medical City in Pasig City due to the “hypoglycemic episode” he suffered soon after delivering a three-hour “opening statement” on Tuesday.

Hypoglycemia occurs when the blood glucose drops below normal levels.

Glucose, a form of sugar, is absorbed into the bloodstream from food as the body’s source of energy.

When it is used up too quickly, or when it is released into the bloodstream too slowly, the body’s blood glucose may fall. This situation prompts the liver to produce and release glucose to compensate and bring the blood glucose level back to normal.

A hypoglycemic episode happens when the blood glucose does not rebound to normal levels.

Blood glucose below 60 mg/dL is considered low.

Among the signs of hypoglycemia are hunger, weakness and nausea. A person experiencing hypoglycemia may also feel dizzy, anxious and have difficulty in speaking.

Among people with diabetes, hypoglycemia may be triggered by skipping meals or taking medicines at the wrong time. Engaging in strenuous activities and drinking alcohol may also result in hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia may be treated quickly by eating or drinking glucose-rich food. The best options are sugars absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, such as four ounces of orange juice, six ounces of regular soda, five to seven hard candies, or two to five glucose tablets.

If left untreated, hypoglycemia may get worse and lead to seizures, coma or death.

A 2008 study by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center said hypoglycemia among Type 2 diabetics may also be a prelude to a heart attack or stroke.

Preliminary results of the study among 1,791 US veterans found that patients who had become severely hypoglycemic in the past three months were two or three times more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or death. Lawrence de Guzman, Inquirer Research

Sources: American Diabetes Association; Johns Hopkins Health Alerts; National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

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  • Goodson5

    I am diabetic and if I need to do something important like the CJ wanted to do in facing the Impeachment Court, I would difinitely prepare myself to make sure I would stand up to the challenge. Obviously, the CJ stood up not because he was not prepared for his diabetes but prepared to quit.  He indeed prepared for that day that he will again fool the Filipino people, that his only intention was to speak his side of story and nothing else. That for sure was a surrender because he can not face his consience as a true man, a cowardice act performed by people who has no conscience at all.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      Not referring to what happened to cjc, have you ever had the the opportunity t to have been so much stress or emotional activity that you we in the verge of fainting? Is that a real possibility, fainting I mean

  • dennis

    If i´m going to make my own diagnosis to Corona,base on that above picture(sitting in wheelchair),Well,Hypoglycemic crisis can be seen almost to all who suffers Type 1 (IDDM) Insulin Dependent Diabetes Melitus!Probably 70% in compare to (NDDM) Sa tingin ko sa kanya is the cause of abnormalities in his sugar level are more in relation to high cholesterol level! Sa mga picture na nakita ko from Corona (also wearing eyeglasses)…May problema siya sa high blood pressure,probably taking an ACE Inhibitors,Simvastatin or Atorvastatin,Beta Blockers.His waistline will probably between 100-110cm or more which is a suspect for Diabetes and High Cholesterol levels,pwedeng may Aspirin or Plavix na iniinom siya per day.Ngayon,kung yung ACE Inhibitors niya eh may Hydrochlorothiazide eh posibleng mag-collaps siya!

  • Dynamic

    All along he was so vibrant,hyper as hYppopotamus now he has hypoglycemia?Is that an offering or the sacrifice?

  • diegogo

    the “hypoglycemia defense” was only an after-thought after his planned “escape” was thwarted. Wala eh, kulong sya sa Senate building, sa bilis ng desisyon ni Enrile na ipasara ang buong exit hindi na sya nakalabas…so anong excuse ang pwede nilang gawin para naman hindi sya katawa-tawa? Any medical condition that they can think of! Sana sinabi na lang nya na “I had to go to the bathroom you honor, hindi ko na talaga mapigilan eh, panis yata yung nakain ko kaninang tanghali” bwahahahahaha

  • Guest

    You must be pertaining to the pancreas organ and not the liver.

  • johnllander

    What a grand plan:  corona did not take his lunch, deliverd long speech, and other triggers to lead him into illness during his appearance in the IC.
    The engine of his car was made running to anticipate his escape.
    After his long speech, he and his wife squeaked to the exit and would run to his car.
    But his plan was not so perfect, he did not think what if he was blocked, and that was his disappointment.  But he was so quick to rethink how to make excuse – hypoglycemia.  Nice!

    • Guest

      Dalawang bagay lang yan, either “tanga” siya or magaling siya. The former being di niya alam na yun yung mangyayari, di man lang niya naisip na magbibigay siya ng mahabang talumpati at di kakakain. Or the latter – magaling siya. Naexplain mo na yan.

  • Ommm

    So how smart is this guy…skipping lunch? He’s been a diabetic for 10 years… No wonder he is diabetic he can’t even feed himself. My cat has enough brains to meow when he’s hungry…

    Doesn’t his wife feed the thing?….or maybe she also has a plan hehe…. 

  • paranoid_penguin

    “Among the signs of hypoglycemia are hunger, weakness and nausea. A person experiencing hypoglycemia may also feel dizzy, anxious and have difficulty in speaking”
    He’s been a great speaker during that time.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Will Hypoglycemia cause someone to lose respect towards duly elected senators of the people??  Will Hypoglycemia cause someone to just suddenly turn his back and walk away from a legal proceeding without even as much as a “may I go out mam?”  

  • nice_boy

    Only diabetics who have suffered hypoglycemic episodes can truly understand why the CJ needed to leave the Senate session hall hurriedly.  It is an emergency situation and you can’t plan having one.  It can happen even while you are asleep.  The brain being deprived of its glucose does not function properly.  I know this because I am a diabetic and have suffered hypoglycemic episodes.

    I just hope people can be more understanding and kind to diabetics. 

    • Guest

      So Corona never knew it was going to happen by skipping meals?

      • blahpblahp

         maybe it was his first time to skip meal? hahaha DUH!

    • Ulipur

      Nag-inject siya ng insulin? Pagkatapos di siya kakain? Magha-hypo nga siya. Hindi naman siguro ganitong kababa ng pag-iisip ni Renato.

      Panoorin natin nang nakaupo siya sa witness stand. Nakita ko siya nag-subo ng isang candy. So he knew what to do to avoid having hypo episode.

      Sana kung naramdaman niya na nagha-hypo na siya sa Senate Clinic siya nag-derecho.
      Pero ang ginawa niya sa halip na sa Clinic derecho siya sa pa-EXIT.

    • panhase

       There are millions of diabetic, ask them about their experience with hypoglycemia. They carry candy, sugar or something alike with them so they can use it if the blood sugar gets low. And ask them if they ever needed to use a wheel chair with that condition?
      And then look at the footage how Corona walked out. There was no sign he was suffering from hypoglycemia

  • doublecross

    wala naman nakitang signed noong araw ng eulogy ni corona, di ba? lakas nga ng boses niya, yon nga lang naiyak siya dhl wala naman sumasanpatiya sa kanya. at panay nga ang dinig niya sa binubulong ng isang lawyer niya ….unmfit pala siya dapat palitan na siya.

    • banatnijuan

       Eulogy ha ha ha…tamang tama.. may Corona na sa kaniyang eulogy at yung bumubulong na lawyer may inabot na abuloy! ha ha ha..Thanks for the entertainment doublecross..paminsan minsan kailangan natin yan….

  • blahpblahp

    Corona’s lawyers said that he skipped lunch… YES! Of, course, once you skipped meals you will not feel better and I am sure Corona knows that well. He did that on purpose. It’s just like 1 + 1 = 2. as for him skipping lunch = to lowering his blood sugar then he will feel weak then hospitalization and then will seek humanitarian reason as to delay his case!

  • marivon

    If “I have nothing to hide” as the cheap claimed before, what kind of stress will he be suffering?
    I can not understand why waste so much time and energy to this creature who is hiding a lot of bones in his closet. Sana totoo na next week tapos na ang telenobela na ito. Nakakasuka na kasi ang mukha ni Mirriam. She loves the exposure no doubt and enjoys flaunting her intelligence by berating the prosecution and anybody against her good friend the thief just tiis.

  • oracle888

    No matter how one defines diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, and kidney failure…If it is used as an excuse to avoid from facing the criminal charges by faking in it even there is a history of such illness, it shall not immune him from answering his justice obligation and the clamor of the people to know the truth.

    CJ Corona’s acting like a head of state without putting anybody in his eyes, is an illustration of how a person can be disillusioned by the power given to him from the people, and the humongous wealth he had illegally accumulated during all those year at the expense of our judicial system, and taking advantage of his own countrymen.

    If we cannot convict him now, then when? If the senator still are doubtful or because of their self serving motive, then we, the people shall take the matter into our own hand.

  • JustWords811

    Wow ang galing ng planong luto ni Chef justice at ni Chef defense counsel at ng mga alalay Chefs tranquilizer, bombay & co! at pati ni mrs Chef boss of the family and their doctor manugang. Alam na pala masama malipasan pero di pa inasikaso ni mrs. alam na ni doc pero hindi minomonitor. Nang hindi umobra ang pakulo nila kay JPE, nangako pa si lolo Chef na lilitaw daw uli sa trial pero sa oa ni corona, obvious ang next move– tuloy sa hospital, at di lang yun, sa ICU pa! Kaso lumang scenario na ito, standard practice ng mga you-know-who. May naniniwala ba? Ewan ko. Sa akin, obvious na from the start– kung wala siyang itinatago, dapat bare all, tell all, reveal all na siya sa umpisa pa lang. Sayang ka, Chef corona. Pero may panahon pa na magbago at magsisi. Remember how you will be remembered!!

  • la mona segrestat

    what i know is, if u feel sick and all, you would ask someone for help to go to the restroom or clinic, considering na may kasama ka pang doctor.. not walk with haste to the exit with all your body guards and wife..

    sana nagkunwari na lang syang nahimatay, mas marami pa maniniwala.. kaso ung palabas na ginawa nya, after ng bonggang closing ng speech nya, biglang tayo sabay nagmamadali papunta sa exit.. 

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