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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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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...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

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What complications can arise during a diabetic coma?

KIDNEY FAILURE: Heart failure/heart attack/stroke. Loss of limb/multi organ system failure/blood born infection, death. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a diabetic coma and insulin shock?

Whats 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. ...Read more

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How high could your sugar be before you go into a diabetic coma?

How high could your sugar be before you go into a diabetic coma?

It depends upon: Whether you have ketoacidosis (more common in type 1 diabetes) where coma can occur with glucoses of 600 or more -- or whether you have hyperosmolar coma with severe dehydration (more common in type 2 diabetes) where coma is usually only with a glucose of around 1000 or higher. It's extremely variable, and depends more on state of dehydration. Glucose levels doesn't correlate well with coma. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate the three types of diabetic coma in a patient?

How can I differentiate the three types of diabetic coma in a patient?

Coma: Can you please expand on the three types of diabetic coma.

If she has had or still has diabetic coma surely the doctors would have told you.

Any coma is not good. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs to cause one to go into a diabetic coma and is it always fatal?

Can you tell me what occurs to cause one to go into a diabetic coma and is it always fatal?

Blood sugar changes: Coma more often occurs from severely low blood sugar levels, but could develop with poorly controlled diabetes causing striking elevations of blood sugar. Usually not fatal if problems can be reversed in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen to cause one to go into a diabetic coma and is it always fatal?

I'm curious what could happen to cause one to go into a diabetic coma and is it always fatal?

Good question: Taking Insulin and then not eating can cause diabetic coma. It is not always fatal but should be avoided. ...Read more

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What blood sugar results in a diabetic coma?

What blood sugar results in a diabetic coma?

Variable: Each patient is different but this typically occurs at blood sugars greater than 500 mg/dl. ...Read more

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Is a blood sugar of 1695 indicative of a diabetic coma?

Is a blood sugar of 1695 indicative of a diabetic coma?

Can Be: Higher than 300mg/dl blood sugar , along with severe acidity of blood due to acids called ketones in a diabetic patient can lead to coma. Usually happens when sick or non compliant with meds. ...Read more

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Which blood sugar reading results in a diabetic coma?

Not all blood sugar: A coma does not result as much from the sugar, as the other metabolic changes. With typical type 1, lack of Insulin gives ketoacidosis. Coma is from acidosis, dehydration, etc and the glu may not be extreme (eg 400). A type 2 may get hyperosmolar coma, where glu is very high, but dehydration and electrolyte abnormality is the biggest problem. ...Read more

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At what level is your blood sugar before going into a diabetic coma?

At what level is your blood sugar before going into a diabetic coma?

Below 60: Alteration in thinking eventually leading to a coma can be a result of very low blood sugar, but can also be a result of high blood sugar with ketoacidosis (excess of byproducts of abnormal sugar use) in the blood, or due to very high blood sugars and dehydration. Because development of ketoacidosis and dehydration require other factors, it is difficult to state an absolute upper limit of sugar. ...Read more

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When someone has a diabetic coma what are the first aid steps and then treatment?

Get help ASAP : The most important action is to get the person to a hospital asap. Since this a life threatening situation. ...Read more