How Long Does It Take To Die From Hypoglycemia

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Understanding And Preventing Diabetic Coma

Diabetic coma is a serious, potentially life-threatening complication associated with diabetes. A diabetic coma causes unconsciousness that you cannot awaken from without medical care. Most cases of diabetic coma occur in people with type 1 diabetes. But people with other types of diabetes are also at risk. If you have diabetes, it’s important to learn about diabetic coma, including its causes and symptoms. Doing so will help prevent this dangerous complication and help you get the treatment you need right away. Diabetic coma can occur when blood sugar levels are out of control. It has three main causes: Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia occurs when you don’t have enough glucose, or sugar, in your blood. Low sugar levels can happen to anyone from time to time. If you treat mild to moderate hypoglycemia immediately, it usually resolves without progressing to severe hypoglycemia. People on insulin have the highest risk, though people who take oral diabetes medications that increase insulin levels in the body may also be at risk. Untreated or unresponsive low blood sugars can lead to severe hypoglycemia. This is the most common cause of diabetic coma. You should take extra precautions if Continue reading >>

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  1. MJS22357

    Death from severely low blood sugar

    I joined this group to ask an expert whether it hurts to die from severely low blood sugar. My brother died yesterday. He was 55, had diabetes since age 2. He had neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney disease, COPD & in last year, increasingly brittle diabetes. I went to check on him because it had been 3 days, we usually text 1/day. When I last saw him, his sugar plummeted to 20-he was totally unaware, I had taken him grocery shopping, got him sugar pop…after 2 cokes, was at 70!
    I went there & could not get him to come to door. Called 911, he had died, don't know when…I am so sad, he and I were very close, we were born on same day, 3 years apart…
    I need to know…although probably no one could know this…do you think it hurt him, was he in pain as he died? I hate to think of him being alone, not realizing how low his sugar was, and die…please answer. I am so sad…,

  2. jayabee52

    Howdy MJS
    WELCOME to DC!
    Sorry to learn of your brother.
    I suspect that since your bro seemed to have hypoglycemic unawareness (dropping to 20 without symptoms of a hypo) it would seem that he had no pain at all.
    My 2nd wife had brittle diabetes (most likely a type 1 due to her Lupis {SLE}) and she had pain from a SLE flare, for which she got a steroid injection. She passed away on a night just after she got an injection. Her passing was peaceful. She fell asleep talking to a good friend and passed sometime that next early mornihg (her body still was a little warm to the touch when I woke at 6 am). So it was comforting to me that she passed so peacefully. However, for the longest time, I was plagued by the thought that I could have done something to save her.
    Oh and another coincidence, "Jem".and her brother "Skip" were born the same day 15 years apart.
    It sounded like your brother had a lot of "medical challenges" as well.
    I pray for your peace and comfort as you grieve your brother's loss.

  3. wraithmb

    I'm sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The last time I was low enough to lose consciousness due to my blood sugar, I was in no pain whatsoever. When I came around with the paramedics in my house, they told me that my blood sugar was around 16 mgdl.
    Once again, my prayers go out to you and your family.

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