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Symptoms of Diabetic Coma

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 09, 2012
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Symptoms of diabetic comaDiabetic coma is a medical condition that occurs as a result of high blood sugar in the body that is left untreated. The risk of developing the medical condition may be very less though once affected, it can turn fatal. Diabetic coma occurs when you let the blood sugar in your body remain unbalanced without treatment for a prolonged period as is the case in hypoglycemia, ketoacidosis and hyperglycemia. There may be a variety of symptoms of diabetic coma the accuracy of which can only be derived if the condition is known.

 

Symptoms of hypoglycemia


Hypoglycemia is a medical condition in which the body’s blood sugar level is extremely low. If this level remains so for a prolonged period and is not treated on time, it can lead to diabetic coma. As per studies done by the American Diabetes Association, the symptoms of excessively low blood sugar include dizziness, shakiness, hunger, pale skin colour and sweating. Some other common symptoms associated with hypoglycemia include sudden irritability, headache, jerky movements, clumsiness and seizure. People who have hypoglycemia experience difficulty in paying attention, confusion, and tingling sensation about the mouth.

 

Symptoms of hyperglycemia


This medical condition occurs when the blood sugar level rises to an all time high. Some of the symptoms of hyperglycemia include frequent urination as a result of frequent drinking, fatigue and high blood sugar levels in the urine. The patient may experience weight loss despite of an increased appetite. If this condition is left untreated, it may lead to ketoacidosis.

 

Symptoms of ketoacidosis


Ketoacidosis is a medical condition that occurs when the blood sugar level is extremely high for too long. A person undergoing this medical condition begins to use stored fat for energy because insufficient amount of insulin prevents it from being converted into energy and releases toxic acid called ketones into the blood. High level of ketones in the blood leads to high acidity, which upsets the chemical balance of the body, thereby resulting in ketoacidosis. This medical condition can become dangerous enough o lead to diabetic come and sometimes, even death.  Other symptoms of ketoacidosis include vomiting, abdominal pain, fruity-smelling breath and vomiting.

 

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