How Long Does It Take To Die From Hypoglycemia

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Diabetic Coma Symptoms, What You Need To Know

Diabetic coma symptoms are something we should all be aware of. It is true that type 1 diabetics are more likely to experience them than type 2, but as diabetics are living longer, the chance of experiencing symptoms is greater. One statistic is that up to 15% of diabetics will go into diabetic coma because of severe hypoglycemia. Coma is another word for unconscious. A diabetic is in a coma if he cannot be wakened and can't respond to sounds and sights. It does not mean the person in a coma will die. These days, with swift blood test results and treatment, a diabetic will come out of a coma very fast. Diabetic medical alert bracelets and necklaces keep us from being misdiagnosed as drunk or epileptic when we cannot speak. But just knowing you are a diabetic is not enough. If you are taken to an emergency room, the doctors look for diabetic alert charms. But diabetic coma symptoms still need to be diagnosed correctly so the proper treatment is started, because there are three different types of coma, and the complications of all three are brain damage and death. Oddly, either chronic high blood sugar or sudden low blood sugar can trigger diabetic coma symptoms. That's why it's good 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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