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How long can a diabetic coma last?

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 more

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma is a medical condition characterized by an non arousable state of unconsciousness. The brain activity seen in a comatose patient shows that being in a coma is not ...Read more


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How long does a diabetic coma last?

How long does a diabetic coma last?

Varies: There are many variables to affect the coma. It depends on the degree of the coma and what complications have occurred as a result. Sadly, some patients do not recover. ...Read more

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How long does it take to die from a hypoglycaemic diabetic coma?

How long does it take to die from a hypoglycaemic diabetic coma?

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

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I'm curious, when a person goes into a diabetic coma how long before death if left untreated?

Not long : By the time a person slips into a coma, the brain has already been compromised. Without appropriate medical care death is imminent. ...Read more

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If you slip into a diabetic coma , how long will you be kept in for hospital care ?

Depends: It depends on the response to treatment. Generally in a week you should be getting out of the hospital. ...Read more

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What causes a diabetic coma?

Uncontrolled glucose: Both low and high blood glucose can lead to impairments in consciousness. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about diabetic coma?

What can you tell me about diabetic coma?

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

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Could a person survive from diabetic coma?

Yes, indeed!: Hi. Yes, indeed, and many do. In fact, we lose very few people from diabetic "coma" (usually either diabetic ketoacidosis or non-ketotic, hyperglycemic, hyperosmolar coma) these days. Ain't modern medicine great?! ...Read more

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Is a diabetic coma like having a regular coma?

Is a diabetic coma like having a regular coma?

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

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Diabetic coma, is there anything that can be done?

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