Skip to content

    Diabetes Health Center

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Type 2 Diabetes - When to Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services right away if:

    • You have symptoms of hyperosmolar state, such as:
      • Blurred vision.
      • Trouble staying awake or trouble being woken up.
      • Fast, deep breathing.
      • Breath that smells fruity.
      • Belly pain, not feeling hungry, and vomiting.
      • Feeling confused.
    Less common in type 2 diabetes is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which has symptoms similar to those of hyperosmolar state. But DKA is still possible and very dangerous.
    • You had passed out (lost consciousness), or if you suddenly become very sleepy or confused. (You may have very low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia.)
    Low Blood Sugar: Emergency Care

    Call a doctor if:

    Recommended Related to Diabetes

    Diabetes Wound Care Checklist: What's in Your First Aid Kit?

    Injuries that are minor in a healthy person can have severe consequences when you have diabetes, so good wound care is essential. Because of reduced circulation and problems with sensation (neuropathy), people with diabetes are at a much higher risk for complications from ordinary, everyday cuts and scrapes.

    Read the Diabetes Wound Care Checklist: What's in Your First Aid Kit? article > >

    Sick-Day Guidelines for People With Diabetes
    • You have a blood sugar level that stays higher than the level the doctor has set for you, for example, 300 mg/dL for two or more readings.
    • You have blood sugar that stays lower than the level the doctor has set for you, for example, 70 mg/dL for two or more readings.
    • You have symptoms of low blood sugar, such as:

    Check with your doctor if:

    Who to see

    Health professionals who may be involved in your diabetes care include:

    If you have signs of complications of diabetes, such as nerve problems or kidney problems, you may be referred to a specialist. Learn more about the roles of the health professionals on a diabetes care team.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 29, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    1
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    Diabetic tools
    Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
    woman flexing muscles
    10 strength training exercises.
     
    Blood sugar test
    12 practical tips.
    Tom Hanks
    Stars living with type 1 or type 2.
     
    kenneth fujioka, md
    Video
    Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
    Article
     
    Middle aged person
    Tool
    jennie brand miller
    Video
     

    Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
    Article
    type 2 diabetes
    Slideshow
     
    food fitness planner
    Tool
    feet
    Slideshow