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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What causes a diabetic coma?

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

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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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.

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Is a diabetic coma the same thing as? A regular coma?

Is a diabetic coma the same thing as? 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.

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What's the difference between food coma and diabetic coma?

They are different: Food coma is a common term used to describe the sleepiness experienced after a large meal. It is not a medical term. Diabetic coma can occur when the blood sugar is very high or very low. Either one is a serious medical emergency.

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Is there an alarm to warn me I might be slipping into a diabetic coma?

Is there an alarm to warn me I might be slipping into a diabetic coma?

Yes: You are probably referring to low blood sugar episodes. Warning signs ususally begin wiht a sense of "jitter" or "shakiness" and a feeling of hunger and irritability. One usually becomes sweaty. This can progress to mild confusion (drunkiness characteristics) and progressing to frank confusion, slurred speech, seizure and coma. Know your body and your diabetes. Get diabetic educaton. See pcp.

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Please explain what are the chances you will die from a diabetic coma?

Please explain what are the chances you will die from a diabetic coma?

Diabetic coma: That is an unusual concern. Did you lose a family member from something like this? Do you have diabetes and, if so how well controlled is your blood sugar? Long term uncontrolled diabetes can lead to coma - not often - so you must learn how best to control your blood sugar.

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What does someone in a diabetic coma smell like?

What does someone in a diabetic coma smell like?

It depends: If the "diabetic coma" is from very low blood sugar, the is no particular smell. If the "coma" is from very high blood sugar, there may be a sweet, fruity smell.

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Can hyperglycemia cause a diabetic coma?

Yes: If the hyperglycemia is high enough it can lead to diabetic coma. We call this hyperosmolar hyperglycemia coma or syndrome. Diabetes ketoacidosis coma is another form of diabetic coma but this one is caused by not having Insulin rather than the extreme hyperglycemia (which is just a sign for this coma).

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What's the difference between a diabetic coma and insulin shock?

What's the difference between a diabetic coma and insulin shock?

Opposite: Diabetic coma results from extremely elevated blood sugars. Insulin shock arises from severe hypoglycemia related to taking insulin.