A "brittle" diabetic?

  1. Can someone explain what is meant exactly by the term "brittle" when talking about a diabetic patient? Never heard the word used before today. Thanks!
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  3. by   SuesquatchRN
    Someone whose BG levels change rapidly and for no apparent reason.
  4. by   RedhairedNurse
    I had a guy the other night we called a "brittle" diabetic. His BS was close to 300, but if he was medicated according to sliding scale, he'd bottom out to the 20-30s, even with a snack. We even cut the sliding scale in half and he still bottomed out. Very wierd. Also works opposite, their BS will rise without even eating anything. Brittle!!