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Diabetic Coma - diabeticcoma

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Diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease

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Diabetic Coma - diabeticcoma

  1. 1. ☰ DIABETIC COMA – EARLY SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES Philip Williamson Diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin. The body uses blood sugar (glucose) to produce energy. Without insulin, this will not be possible. Diabetic coma is a different complication of diabetes that causes loss of consciousness. If you’re a diabetic with dangerously high levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or drastic low (hypoglycemia), then there is always a risk of getting into a coma. If you fall into a coma, you’re alive but you cannot wake up or respond to stimulation. The perspective of diabetic coma is frightening and if left untreated can prove fatal, but fortunately, you can take steps to prevent it. Usually, a diabetic patient suffer tow kind of coma i.e. hyperglycemia coma or hypoglycemia coma. If the level of sugar in the blood is too high (Hyperglycemia), you may feel: • Increased thirst • Fatigue • Frequent urination • breath Shortness • Vomiting and nausea • Stomach ache • Rapid heartbeat • Fruity smell in the breath Some people develop a condition known as hypoglycemia unawareness and do not have the warning signs that indicate a drop in blood sugar. If you experience symptoms of high blood sugar or low blood glucose immediately run the test, and follow the procedure recommended by the healthcare professional. If you are a person with diabetes who is unconscious, call for immediate help. The causes of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia coma includes: Diabetic ketoacidosis - If the muscle cells become starved for energy, the body can respond by breaking down fat deposits. This process produces toxic acids called ketones. Diabetic ketoacidosis could result in diabetic coma, if left untreated. This disorder is usually seen in people suffering from Type-1 diabetes, yet it can also influence people
  2. 2. suffering from gestational diabetes or Type-2 diabetes. Hyperosmolar syndrome - If the sugar level in the blood rises to 600 mg/dl, or 33 millimoles/liter, the condition is known as diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome. When your blood sugar gets so high, the blood becomes thick and syrupy. The excess sugar passes from the blood into the urine, and triggers a filtering process that draws tremendous amounts of fluid. If not properly diagnosed, diabetic hyperosmolar can result in fatal dehydration and even coma. Hypoglycemia - The brain wants glucose for fuctioning. Hypoglycemia can be caused by too much insulin or too little food. The exercise too vigorously or drinking too much alcohol can have the same effect. Problems of administration of insulin - If you are on an insulin pump, you need to check your blood sugar frequently. If you’ve type 1 diabetes, lack of insulin can quickly lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. An illness, trauma or surgery - When you are sick or injured, the sugar levels in the blood tend to increase, sometimes dramatically. This can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis in the presence of type 1 diabetes. Other health issues, like kidney disease or CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) can increase the risk of hyperosmolar syndrome. Badly controlled diabetes – Diabetes not properly controlled can leads to an increased risk of developing long-term complications, but they also have a high risk of diabetic coma. Redirected here : h ttp://www.th esym ptom sofdiabetes.org/diabetic-com a/
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