Diabetes Warning Signs
Diabetic Coma in Type 2 Diabetes
In this health topic, we discuss hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS), an extremely serious complication that can lead to diabetic coma and even death in type 2 diabetes. This serious condition occurs when the blood sugar gets too high and the body becomes severely dehydrated. To prevent HHNS and diabetic coma in type 2 diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as recommended by your health care provider; when you are sick, check your blood sugar more frequently, drink plenty of fluids, and watch for signs of dehydration.
For more detail, see WebMD's article Diabetic Coma in Type 2 Diabetes.
Other Warning Signs of Diabetes Complications
Other warning signs of type 2 diabetes' complications may include:
- Slow-healing sores or cuts
- Itching of the skin (usually around the vaginal or groin area)
- Frequent yeast infections
- Recent weight gain
- Velvety, dark skin changes of the neck, armpit, and groin, called acanthosis nigricans
- Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
- Decreased vision
- Impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED)
Contact your health care provider right away so you can have a diabetes test if you have any of these diabetes warning signs. Even people with pre-diabetes can have the increased risk from heart disease seen in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
For more detail, see WebMD's article Preventing Diabetes Complications.