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How Long Can A Diabetic Coma Last
Variable duration: The duration of diabetic coma is related to correction of the metabolic abnormalities leading to coma. It may be short if treatment is instituted shortly after coma begins. The longer the coma remains untreated, the greater the likelihood of permanent neurologic damage or even death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: With or without medical support, how deep is the coma? In general, if left unattended, this is a process that would take hours or longer. If you are thinking of committing suicide please seek help immediately. If you are trying to hurt someone else, turn yourself in to the police. ...Read more
A bad thing: Hi. Diabetic coma usually refers to a hyperglycemic condition (coma with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in type 1's, and non-ketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma or DKA in type 2s. However, coma is also possible due to insulin-induced hypoglycemia in diabetes. None of them are good things, but fortunately, these days we don't lose many folks from any of them. ...Read more
As people understand: 2 things that people call diabetic coma, diabetic ketoacidosis, sugar get high, acid level in blood get high (you do not have Insulin to burn sugar so you burn protein and fat), and you get severely dehydrated and may go into shock. Severe hypoglycemic shock, blood sugar gets to low, the patient looses conciousness and might even have a seizure. Ironically both situations are very different. ...Read more
Treat the diabetes: Your question is not specific. You can be in a coma from very high or very low glu. Diabetic ketoacidosis is treated with fluids, insulin, potassium. The more important question: how can you prevent diabetic coma from happening again? Sometimes an illness can bring it on (infection, heart attack, etc) but often it occurs when the patient with diabetes is not taking care of himself. ...Read more
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