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Diabetic Coma

A diabetic coma is a life-threatening diabetes complication that causes unconsciousness. It can occur when blood sugar gets too high or dangerously low. Usually it is most common in individuals who are elderly, chronically ill or disabled. Left untreated, a diabetic coma can be fatal. Luckily, there are safety steps that can be taken to help prevent a diabetic coma. Symptoms Before developing a diabetic coma, an individual may experience signs and symptoms of high blood sugar or low blood sugar. High blood pressure signs and symptoms: Tiredness Dry mouth Increased thirst Frequent urination Sickness and vomiting Foul smelling breath Difficulty breathing Abdominal pain Racing heartbeat Low blood pressure signs and symptoms: Tiredness Shaking and trembling Sweatin Increased appetite Sickness Anxiety Racing heartbeat Difficulty speaking Confusion Causes Causes of a diabetic coma are due to blood sugar levels being too low or too high. This can cause various conditions in an individual, all leading to a diabetic coma. The three main causes are known as: Diabetic ketoacidosis: A dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin in the body. Diabetic ketoacidosis is most comm Continue reading >>

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  1. diabetesfree

    Highest Blood Sugar Reading?

    I am just curious as to how badly other people's blood sugar levels have gotten. I've had mine register at over 600 at times. In fact, my meter wouldn't even give me an exact reading. It just said "HI". Scary. So, what is the highest your blood glucose level has ever gotten, and did you require any medical attention?

  2. HeavenorHell

    After a ERCP my sugar was normal around 104 within the next blood work I had was 2 weeks later it was 1340. They told me to go to a ER the ER was amazed I was walking and talking the only effect I felt was I could not see 2ft in front of me. Now they are saying I am diabetic I'm a little confused how it jumped so high so fast. I can not get answers everyone just tells me I am diabetic and the test that they do would prove that I was diabetic for 3 months because of the 1340 but I am stupid and they will not see my point nor give me answers. They just say that the ERCP did not cause any of this but they really cant explain what did. So now I have to take 4 shots a day and oral medication 2 times a day.

  3. Anonymous

    When I was diagnosed I was 11 and my parents thought I was sick and got me Sprite for me to drink and I was really thirsty so I drank it quite fast and peed a lot and was really sleepy and I one day I had to go to track practice and I was so thirsty but I had to wait to get a drink and after that I attempted to take a shower and the water burned my skin so we went to the hospital and they though is was my appendix and I went on a helicopter to a different town to remove it and they wouldn't let me drink anything I was so thirsty I went to the bathroom and drank out if the faucet they removed and I was still in pain so they tested my blood this was like 2 days after I was brought to the hospital so they tested my blood sugar and it was only like 1000 but Im sure it was higher 2 days before that and now my monitor doesnt read over about 500 just says hi so IDK

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In this Video We Will Discuss What are hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and how can they affect my pregnancy? Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are both common in women with preexisting diabetes. Hypoglycemia occurs when blood glucose levels are too low. When blood glucose levels are low, your body cannot get the energy it needs. Don't forget to Subscribe our Channel on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZfb... For For Videos Follow Us on Twitter: Diabetes During Pregnancy Symptoms, Risks And Treatment https://youtu.be/SNf01dFL1zY What Are The Risks Of Diabetes To My Unborn Child? https://youtu.be/N-aNwqGKQl4 What are Hypoglycemia and How They Affect Pregnancy? https://youtu.be/XUjn-16DmGY How Pre-existing Diabetes Treated During Pregnancy? https://youtu.be/vQjOzry8T_M Causes and Symptoms of Diabetes During Pregnancy https://youtu.be/OirB5FmhJ3Y Typically hypoglycemia is treated by eating or drinking something containing sugar, such as orange juice. Hyperglycemia is when your body doesn't have enough insulin or can't use insulin correctly. Typically hyperglycemia is treated by adjusting your insulin dosages.

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia Definition The condition called hypoglycemia is literally translated as low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar (or blood glucose) concentrations fall below a level necessary to properly support the body's need for energy and stability throughout its cells. Description Carbohydrates are the main dietary source of the glucose that is manufactured in the liver and absorbed into the bloodstream to fuel the body's cells and organs. Glucose concentration is controlled by hormones, primarily insulin and glucagon. Glucose concentration also is controlled by epinephrine (adrenalin) and norepinephrine, as well as growth hormone. If these regulators are not working properly, levels of blood sugar can become either excessive (as in hyperglycemia) or inadequate (as in hypoglycemia). If a person has a blood sugar level of 50 mg/dl or less, he or she is considered hypoglycemic, although glucose levels vary widely from one person to another. Hypoglycemia can occur in several ways. Drug-induced hypoglycemia Drug-induced hypoglycemia, a complication of diabetes, is the most commonly seen and most dangerous form of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia occurs most often in diabetics Continue reading >>

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  1. diabetesfree

    Highest Blood Sugar Reading?

    I am just curious as to how badly other people's blood sugar levels have gotten. I've had mine register at over 600 at times. In fact, my meter wouldn't even give me an exact reading. It just said "HI". Scary. So, what is the highest your blood glucose level has ever gotten, and did you require any medical attention?

  2. HeavenorHell

    After a ERCP my sugar was normal around 104 within the next blood work I had was 2 weeks later it was 1340. They told me to go to a ER the ER was amazed I was walking and talking the only effect I felt was I could not see 2ft in front of me. Now they are saying I am diabetic I'm a little confused how it jumped so high so fast. I can not get answers everyone just tells me I am diabetic and the test that they do would prove that I was diabetic for 3 months because of the 1340 but I am stupid and they will not see my point nor give me answers. They just say that the ERCP did not cause any of this but they really cant explain what did. So now I have to take 4 shots a day and oral medication 2 times a day.

  3. Anonymous

    When I was diagnosed I was 11 and my parents thought I was sick and got me Sprite for me to drink and I was really thirsty so I drank it quite fast and peed a lot and was really sleepy and I one day I had to go to track practice and I was so thirsty but I had to wait to get a drink and after that I attempted to take a shower and the water burned my skin so we went to the hospital and they though is was my appendix and I went on a helicopter to a different town to remove it and they wouldn't let me drink anything I was so thirsty I went to the bathroom and drank out if the faucet they removed and I was still in pain so they tested my blood this was like 2 days after I was brought to the hospital so they tested my blood sugar and it was only like 1000 but Im sure it was higher 2 days before that and now my monitor doesnt read over about 500 just says hi so IDK

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High Blood Sugar (hyperglycemia)

What is hyperglycemia? Hyperglycemia is a high level of sugar in the blood. Blood sugar is also called glucose. How does it occur? Hyperglycemia can occur in healthy people for a brief time after they eat foods very high in sugar. For example, after drinking a large milkshake or eating a large dessert you may have a brief high blood sugar level, but the body will process the sugar and the level of sugar in the blood will soon return to normal. Hyperglycemia is the main problem if you have diabetes. If you have the form of diabetes called type 1 diabetes, hyperglycemia occurs because you do not have enough insulin to move sugar from the blood into all your cells. (Insulin is made by the pancreas.). In type 2 diabetes, high blood sugar usually occurs because the cells have become unable to use insulin. In both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes the sugar cannot move from the blood into the cells, so high levels of sugar build up in the blood. Hyperglycemia may occur if you are not diabetic but have another illness that makes it hard for your body to process sugar, such as an inflammation of the pancreas (called pancreatitis). High blood sugar can also happen with some medicines, especially s Continue reading >>

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  1. Steve Rapaport

    Correlation isn't causation, so the question's presupposition of high blood sugar 'resulting' in diabetic coma is wrong. They both result from common causes.
    Diabetic coma (advanced diabetic ketoacidosis or DKA) is not the result of high blood sugar, but of low insulin and water levels. Low insulin levels lead to high blood sugar AND to ketoacidosis. Hence there's no minimum blood sugar level to watch for (though there may be for a given individual).
    The best way to avoid DKA is to keep insulin levels steady in the bloodstream, keep well hydrated, and keep small amounts of food in the system at all times.
    DKA is a result of the body demanding sugar for fuel, and being denied it through lack of insulin. The body burns fat instead, which produces ketone bodies as a byproduct. The ketones build up in blood, making it acid and highly concentrated. Concentrated blood sucks water out of cells by osmosis. Dehydration makes this worse. The ketones signal the liver that glucose is desperately needed, so it dumps stored glucose to help out, but in the absence of insulin this just makes things worse -- now the blood is full of ketones AND glucose, and even more highly concentrated. Both of these conditions will get worse until fast-acting insulin and missing electrolytes are added in carefully controlled doses, including a drip-feed for hydration and frequent recheck and adjustment of all those values.

  2. Suhail Malhotra

    First we must know that there are 2 types of diabetes.
    IDDM(insulin dependent diabetes mellitus) aka Type 1
    NIDDM( non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus) aka Type 2.
    Type 1 is due to loss of insulin secretion by pancreas as in destruction of pancreas.
    Type 2 is due to insulin resistance that is insulin secretion is ok but body cells don't respond to it.
    Now the comas in these two types are different to the extent that they are named differently.
    The coma of type 1 is called the DKA(diabetic ketoacidosis) and that of type 2 is HONK( hyperosmotic non ketotic coma) now known as HHS(hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state).
    DKA occurs in type 1 diabetes or situations simulating type 1 mechanism like when a patient forgets to take his dose of insulin or in states when patient is regular with insulin but the body needs more than normal as in cases of surgery or illness or pregnancy.
    Blood glucose ranges in DKA from 250 to 600 mg/dl( 13 to 33 mmol/l) with increased ketones in blood which being acidic drive the blood ph to acidic levels ( <7.3). Symptoms include vomiting,increased urination, increased thirst, abdominal pain,increased rate of respiration(Kussumaul breathing) and in the end coma.
    HONK or HHS is caused by type 2 diabetes or situations similar to it like relative insulin deficiency combined with inadequate fluid intake and often precipitated in patients with type2 DM and a concurrent illness.
    Blood glucose ranges from 600 to 1200 mg/dl (33 to 66 mmol/l). The blood ph is normal (>=7.3) as ketones are absent. Patient is lethargic with increased thirst and increased urination leading to coma.
    Symptoms absent in HONK are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and increased rate of respiration which were very much a part of DKA.

  3. Jae Won Joh

    If you are asking what blood sugar levels are commonly seen in diabetic coma[1], there is a very wide range. Patients naive to the condition typically present with blood glucoses around the 300s, while those with chronic poorly-managed diabetes can present with blood glucoses over 1000.
    [1] As Steve Rapaport already pointed out in his answer, the high glucose level is not, in and of itself, the problem.

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