- You have symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), such as:
- You had passed out (lost consciousness), or if you suddenly become very sleepy or confused. (You may have very low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia.)
Call a doctor if:
- You are sick and cannot control your blood sugar.
- You have been vomiting or have had diarrhea for more than 6 hours.
- You have a blood sugar level that stays higher than the level the doctor has set for you, for example, 300 milligrams per deciliter (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:
- A family doctor.
- An internist.
- A pediatrician.
- A certified diabetes educator (CDE).
- A registered dietitian. All people newly diagnosed with diabetes should see a dietitian for help in choosing healthy foods.
- An endocrinologist or pediatric endocrinologist.
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.
Planning pregnancy when you have type 1 diabetes
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.