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How is a diabetic coma treated?

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Once your doctor spots the early signs, he may send you to the hospital. You'll get an IV to replace lost fluids and electrolytes such as potassium. And you'll get insulin or other medication to control your blood sugar. The coma can lead to death if left untreated.

SOURCES:  

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

MedlinePlus: "Diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome."

Brenner Z.  AACN Clin Issues,  2006 Jan-Mar. 

Stentz, F. Diabetes.

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 17, 2020

SOURCES:  

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

MedlinePlus: "Diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome."

Brenner Z.  AACN Clin Issues,  2006 Jan-Mar. 

Stentz, F. Diabetes.

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 17, 2020

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