What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious, chronic disease that
impairs the body’s ability to use food.
Diabetes must be managed 24 hours a day
in order to avoid the potentially life-
threatening consequences of blood
glucose(sugar) levels that are either too
high(hyperglycemia) or too
Dry, hot skin
Slow, healing wounds
Fruity, sweet or wine-like odor on breath
Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is an
EMERGENCY! A blood sugar level below 70 is
Never leave a person with low blood sugar
Erratic behavior such as aggression, abnormal
hostility or profanity, could indicate abnormal
blood sugar levels.
Unusual complaints of thirst, needing to use
the restroom, extreme drowsiness, all could
indicate abnormal blood sugar levels.
DKA results from untreated high blood sugar
This is an emergency if symptoms occur
Symptoms to look for: nausea, vomiting,
deep breathing, decreasing levels of
Recognize that a change in the student’s
behavior could be a symptom of blood sugar
Recognize signs/symptoms of high and low
Communicate with the school nurse
Respect privacy and confidentiality
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