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Diabetic Coma

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Diabetic ComaThis condition occurs when there is too much sugar and too little insulin in the body and body cells do not get enough nourishment. Diabetic coma can be caused by eating too much sugar, by not taking prescribed medications, by stress and by infection. The condition rapidly reduces the level of sugar in the blood and brain cells suffer.

Diabetic coma develops more slowly than Insulin shock, sometimes over a period of days.

Symptoms

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Deep and fast breathing
  • Thirst
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Change in the level of consciousness and a peculiar sweet or fruity-smelling breath

Actions

  • ASK "HAVE YOU EATEN TODAY?" - Someone who has eaten, but has not taken prescribed medication may be in a diabetic coma
  • DO NOT give sugar
  • Monitor victims carefully
  • Call for medical help
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