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What are the warning signs of a diabetic coma?

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If you have diabetes and you've had a heavy thirst and gone to the bathroom more often than usual for a few weeks, check with your doctor -- especially if your blood sugar isn't well-controlled. As your body loses more and more water, you may notice:

  • High fever
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Altered mental state
  • Headache
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to speak
  • Visual problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Paralysis

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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