What happens when you go into a diabetic coma?

What is diabetic coma?

What diabetic coma means is that your blood sugar is high it may be well over 1,000. You have diabetic ketoacidosis. Your sodium bicarbonate and carbon dioxide level is low. You are dehydrated. Oddly enough, you don't have to be unconscious to be in diabetic coma. Only 15 percent are.

To define it more bluntly, diabetic coma is what out ofcontrol diabetics die of. In 1970, 37,800 American diabetics died of diabetic coma, even though death from diabetic coma has been totally preventable since the discovery of insulin in 1922.

To avoid ever getting yourself into this dangerous state:
1. Do your best to always keep your diabetes in control.
2. Never neglect testing your urine or blood sugar. If it's high, test for ketones, too. If there are ketones, call your doctor.
3. If insulin dependent, never neglect taking your injection.
4. Whenever you are ill, check with your doctor to see if you need to take more insulin.


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