Risks and dangers of Diabetic Coma

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2015-09-14 16:40:09 -0500
Started 2014-12-08 07:44:03 -0600

I saw this article about losing consciousness due to either high or low blood sugars and thought it important enough to share. Hope you do too!

7 replies

saber32 2015-09-14 02:20:41 -0500 Report

i just came back from the er for my blood suger was too high ? last afternoon saterday

Type1Lou 2015-09-14 16:40:09 -0500 Report

Hope everything is all right for you now and you have better control of your BG's. My last diabetes hospitalization was due to extremely low BG back in 2010 and I was admitted for about 24 hours because they initially weren't sure whether I'd had a stroke. The good news was that it was "only" low blood sugar. The only other diabetes-related hospitalization I'd had was in 1980. (I was diagnosed in 1976.) I had been on a skiing vacation in Vermont and come down with a bad cold. On my way home to Connecticut, I stopped by my Mom's to visit. Well, I started feeling worse and worse, went to the local ER and got admitted because my BG's were way high and I was in DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis). I was in ICU for 3 days before they were able to stabilize me. Both extremes of blood sugar levels are life threatening. It usually takes longer to recover from the high BG's than the low BG's…at least in my experience. I began using an insulin pump in 2011 and have much better control as a result.

GabbyPA 2014-12-08 08:19:43 -0600 Report

Very good article and you cannot emphasize enough the final words of the piece. "If you do not start to feel better quickly, or if you start to feel worse, you should call for emergency help. A diabetic coma is a medical emergency and must be tended to immediately. "

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