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Diabetic shock is a serious health risk. It can occur when your blood sugar gets too low or too high. But knowing how to prevent and treat the condition is critical to decreasing the risk of it happening to you.
Diabetic shock can happen anytime. It’s also referred to as a diabetic coma. I’s reversible if treated quickly.
So, let’s look at some of the symptoms, treatments and ways to prevent diabetic shock from happening to you.
There are primarily four different types of diabetic shock you can experience. It depends on whether or not your blood sugar level is too low or too high.
Symptoms of diabetic shock can vary, but generally you may experience any of the following:
In most people, the symptoms of hypoglycemia are easily recognizable. Symptoms of high blood sugar may include dehydration. It’s important to recognize the early warning signs, so treatment can be administered right away.
The fastest way to treat diabetic shock caused by low blood sugar is to eat or drink sugary foods or beverages. Things like:
Generally speaking, the steps to take to treat low blood sugar are as follows:
This can be repeated up to three times. If there’s no response you should call 911 immediately.
The equivalency of 10-15 grams of glucose (approximate servings) are:
For someone living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends a blood sugar level of 80-130 mg/dl before a meal and less than 180 mg/dl, 1-2 hours after eating.
While there is some degree of variability among people, most people will usually develop symptoms of diabetic shock when blood glucose levels are lower than 50 mg/dL.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is typically treated at the hospital. If you’re experiencing it you’ll be severely dehydrated and be treated with fluids and electrolytes such as:
You’ll also be given insulin as part of your recovery process.
Foods like these will help keep your glucose levels from spiking.
You can also take some precautions to prevent diabetic shock. Try to remember to do the following:
Aerobic exercise can also help your body use insulin better.
If you’d like more information on diabetic shock or diabetes in general, download our “Complete Guide to Diabetes”. In it you’ll also learn the risk factors for diabetes and if you should get screened.