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.
Varies. Though most wake up significantly within a few hours of getting Insulin (or glucose if hypoglycemic), there can be permanent brain damage if the brain is starved of glucose (from either lack of Insulin to utilize the glucose or hypoglycemia) long enough, .

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

Diabetic coma. Monitoring until fully regain consciousness , vital signs stable, and sugar levels back normal. Read more...
Depends. It depends on the response to treatment. Generally in a week you should be getting out of the hospital. Read more...

What causes a diabetic coma?

Uncontrolled glucose. Both low and high blood glucose can lead to impairments in consciousness. Read more...
Coma in a diabetic. Coma in a person with diabetes has many causes, the two most common ones are low blood sugar, which should be treated promptly with sugar tablets or any drink that has sugar in it if the person is awake and is able to drink or an injection of a medication called glucagon (all diabetics should have an injection of glucagon at all time). The other cause is DKA which should be treated in a hospital. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...