Know the Symptoms of a Diabetes Emergency
When you are diagnosed with diabetes, there's a lot to learn. In addition to the day-to-day basics of diabetes management and treatment, there's learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of two potential diabetes-related conditions: hypoglycemia
(low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). These can occur at any time and need to be treated immediately to avoid a medical emergency.
Causes of Hyperglycemia
Your blood sugars can rise to dangerous levels when you haven't taken enough insulin (if you are type 1) or when your insulin receptors are not working as they should (with type 2).
Perhaps you miscalculated the number of carbohydrates you ate at a meal, or you were under stress or had an illness. Each of these situations can lead to hyperglycemia.
Symptoms That Need Attention
If you have these symptoms please call your health care professional and/or go to the emergency room:
Deep and/or rapid breathing
Fruity smelling breath
Loss of consciousness
Another type of dangerous situation is called Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS). This is defined as a dangerously high blood sugar that is >600 mg/dL. It is typically brought on either by an infection, such as pneumonia or a urinary tract infection, or poor management of your blood sugar. If left untreated, it can result in coma and even death.
Signs and symptoms include:
fever (usually over 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
The best way to prevent HHNS is to take your Continue reading