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Old 08-09-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Default Night sweats in a man?

My husband gets night sweats frequently so bad he has to put a towel in bed. Has anybody ever heard of this? I don't know if he has addressed this with his doctor? He is a diabetic, a smoker hmmmm....
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Does he ingest a carb load, or even a small candy bar, anytime after, say, 8:00pm, before going to bed? Have him check his blood glucose level when he's suffering from these sweats, in the middle of the night. Also, does urinating stop the sweating? His BG is probably >> 170 when he's experiencing these sweats.

This is a pretty clear and common side effect of high blood sugar peak in the middle of the night, esp. exacerbated by reduced sugar excretion through the kidneys. Peeing often stops the effect.

Have him make sure he takes his Glucophage (metformin) or insulin shot before going to bed, and have him lay off all carbs after about 8:00p, and then see if the occurrence isn't changed. If he's injested a complex carbo component during his regular dinner, he'll not feel so hungry for a late night sanck! It also becomes a sort of cycle in the body, so he may have to adhere to this for a few nights.

If it does stop the condition, he'll know that it's a blood sugar overlaod. He shouldn't ignore it; diabetes kills insidiously. It's not worth that pre-bed snack while sitting still watching TV.
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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and of course you know what smoking and diabetes produce, right?
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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My husand wakes up with night sweats once or twice a week. I've never given it much thought--thinking this is something men who work outside deal with. He has not been diagnosed with diabetes and he doesn't smoke. Is this something to be concerned about?
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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Although this may be nothing serious, there are other, more serious illnesses, of which night sweats may a symptom. I would recommend he see his physician.
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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He needs to see his doctor about this. Night sweats can be a sign of other serious issues.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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My husand wakes up with night sweats once or twice a week. I've never given it much thought--thinking this is something men who work outside deal with. He has not been diagnosed with diabetes and he doesn't smoke. Is this something to be concerned about?

It's a known sign of Lymphoma
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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Start checking his sugars when it happens. It did happen to my father when he was not eating right (also diabetic) and he had to switch a med. I do not know the pills. He was a type 2. He quit smoking too and he felt a lot better.

Does he still keep his sugar journal and test like he is suppose to? I would talk to the doctor too and keep on that journal to share with the doctor. Note food intake & when ciggarettes are smoked as well.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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It's a known sign of Lymphoma
oh for pete's sake it's a symptom of a heck of a lot of other things too, you alleged healthcare professional
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:56 PM
 
Location: California
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My husband does this all the time. Sometimes I can't even get in bed with him because it's so damp. He is diabetic also so I assume that's the problem. It also got a lot worse during a period of time when he was emotionally stressed.
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