Keeping an Eye Out On Diabetic Emergencies

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which the body fails to produce enough insulin, the chemical responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. It is more like a rollercoaster ride of your blood sugar levels. Now, it may not seem like an issue, but ignoring to maintain proper levels can lead to fatality. Watch out for these 5 signs of a diabetic emergency.

Spotting the 5 Signs of a Diabetic Emergency

Ever wondered how to identify a diabetic emergency? We can help you with this.

Brain Fog – Confusion or Lightheadedness

When blood sugar levels drop drastically, your brain undergoes energy-saving mode, resulting in slurred speech, dizziness, and even temporary memory loss. Once you balance it, these symptoms fade away.

Blurred Vision

It might seem alarming, but there is nothing to fear because your eyes are okay. This is merely a signal that your brain is screaming for fuel. In the case of high blood sugar, fluid moves to your eyes and influences their shape. However, once your blood glucose levels stabilize (ideally between 70-130 mg/dL), your vision should return to normal.

Seizure or Loss of Consciousness

Both conditions, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can damage your nervous system, leading to seizures, unconsciousness, etc.

The Pounding Heartbeat

When you feel that your heart has started racing or experiencing irregular heartbeats could be a sign of high blood sugar levels.


Feeling weak and sweaty indicates low blood sugar. When your body does not have adequate glucose to fuel your muscles, weakness sets in. However, the good news is that this feeling is done and dusted once you eat.

Treating Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

If the blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dL, run for a quick fix! Have at least 15g of fast-acting carbohydrates, including glucose tablets, honey, fruit juice, or candy. Once eaten, wait for 15 minutes, then recheck your blood glucose. If it is still too low, repeat the process.

In cases of unconsciousness due to diabetes, call 911 immediately and do nothing. If they wake up before the medics arrive, help them sip a sugary drink or fruit juice.

On the other hand, for high blood sugar emergencies that go beyond 600 mg/dL with low ketone levels, call 911 right away!

Preventing Diabetic Emergencies

Take charge of your health and minimize the risk of diabetic emergencies through these simple steps:

  1. Watch Your Sugar Intake: You must control your daily sugar consumption to stabilize blood sugar levels.
  2. Do not sit Idle: Keep a pedal on. Daily physical activity in your routine can help regulate blood sugar levels.
  3. Insulin Management: Work with your healthcare provider to determine your insulin dosage.

What to Do In Case of an Emergency?

Contact Emergency Hospital Systems for help. We have the tools needed to give you prompt treatment. Call (281) 592-5410 to learn more today.

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