How to Recognize the Signs of Diabetic Shock

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Recognizing the signs of diabetic shock (hypoglycemia) could help save a life. Brought on by low blood sugar levels in the body, diabetic shock may have several key factors leading up to the incident, such as not eating, alcohol consumption and over-exercising. Sugar levels deplete quickly and signs of diabetic shock follow. Coma, seizure and death may be imminent for the victim if aid is not administered soon.

Feel the victim's hands for signs of cold and clamminess. This is one of the signs they're having a reaction.

Ask the victim if they're dizzy or are feeling lightheaded or feel as though they may faint. Sit the victim down in a chair or on a bed to prevent accident or injury.

Evaluate the victim for confusion. Confusion is a sure sign of diabetic shock and the victim may act in a befuddled manner. This sign is often confused with the victim being inebriated, although they've had nothing alcoholic to drink.

Feel the victim's pulse. Rapid pulse and any other signs that have been mentioned in previous steps should be medically evaluated.

Ask the victim if they’re feeling weak. When blood sugar drops dangerously low, the victim may feel weak and fatigued and want to sleep.

Ask the victim if he has a headache or blurred vision and look for sweating. Ask the victim if has had anything to eat. Give orange juice or any other sugary juice, candy of any kind or non-diet soda. The victim needs sugar in his system. When the victim feels better after the sugar intake, ask him to make an appointment and get evaluated by a physician immediately.

Watch the victim for aggressive or combative behavior. These symptoms may easily be mistaken for other conditions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look for a medical bracelet that may be worn by the diabetic victim.
  • If the diabetic shock victim slips into a coma and is untreatable, call 911 immediately.
  • If you feel you cannot handle this medical emergency single-handedly, call 911.

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