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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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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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What causes a diabetic coma?

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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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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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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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?

Complications of DM: A diabetic coma may be a result of too high or too low blood glucose. Wide fluctuations in blood sugar may lead to damage to brain or strokes, kidney damage, liver injury, increased risk for infections, recurring wounds to skin and possibly death. Frequent monitoring of blood glucose monitored by endocrinologist will help stabilize numbers. ...Read more

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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