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Puzzle ID:#31199
Fun:*** (2.72)
Difficulty:** (1.61)
Category:Science
Submitted By:FreddyPharkasAen*****!
Corrected By:FreddyPharkas

 

 

 



Fred, a recently diagnosed diabetic, started to feel very dizzy and faint. "I don't know what to do," he slurred, "I've used my insulin like the doc said and I didn't eat anything since breakfast, never mind anything sweet." His friends couldn't agree what to do. Jim suggested giving sugar as he was sure he'd heard that before. Mike disagreed. He knew diabetes caused high blood sugar, so suggested giving Fred another shot of insulin. Who was correct?





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Comments

FreddyPharkasAen*
Jun 18, 2006

This is the first teaser I've had accepted. Hope you like it.
PunnettSwears*au*
Jun 18, 2006

Very informative. I like it.
snowmonsterAus*
Jun 18, 2006

Good teaser! I have to admit I knew the answer since our son is a diabetic! But, I'm sure it will make a LOT of people think! Congrats!
GebbieRoseAus*
Jun 18, 2006

People who are not in medicine or haven't known a diabetic might not recognize hypoglycemia, but we've all probably seen someone going through it. Thanks for bringing this potentially deadly & fairly common condition to our attention, Mr. Pharkas. Nice job!
noladudeus
Jun 18, 2006

u did goodat giving info good
dolphingurl12Aus*
Jun 18, 2006

I figured his sugar was low rather than high, but I didn't know all the science behind it. I know several diabetics and found this very infomative. Great teaser!!
Dubber*us
Jun 20, 2006

eh
schoo*ar
Jun 25, 2006

Great teaser, i got the answer because i know about diabetes, how many teasers have you submitted?
schoo*ar
Jun 25, 2006

oh, and great title too
barrom*au
Jul 03, 2006

I'm really sorry to say this, but I found the answer to this very obvious. Insulin reduces blood sugar levels, and if someone who had not consumed food took insulin, we would expect that their blood sugar was too low. But great effort!
FreddyPharkasAen*
Jul 09, 2006

Thanks for all the positive feedback.
To Schoo, I had three or four rejections before this was accepted.
To Barrom, they're all easy if you know the answers but I know what you mean. If I'd made it too complicated it probably would have been rejected.
RedPythonAgb
Oct 02, 2006

This is more of a general knowledge question than a teaser, but good anyway.

If you know that someone is diabetic and in trouble, but you don't know if they are hypoglycaemic (low sugar) or hyperglycaemic (high suger) always give suger. If they are hypoglycaemic suger will make them feel better. If they are hyperglycaemic the abount of suger you give them will not make it any worse, Its like adding a teaspoon of suger to a mountain of suger, not much difference.
MelkorDCLXVI*us*
Mar 05, 2007

weird
TableElbowsA*
Aug 19, 2009

I knew that cause I once had a diabetic cat...



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