Do you know the signs of a diabetic emergency?

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This National Diabetes Week we want you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a diabetic emergency, whether it be for high or low blood sugar.

Diabetes is a condition requiring daily management in order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

There are three main types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

For people with type 1 diabetes, cells in the pancreas that make insulin are destroyed, so the body is unable to make insulin, the hormone responsible for glucose regulation.

In people with type 2 diabetes, the cells have stopped responding well to insulin, meaning the body has trouble moving glucose from the blood into the cells.

Gestational diabetes is diabetes diagnosed for the first-time during pregnancy and affects how cells use glucose.

Check out the signs of a diabetic emergency below:

Low blood glucose

  • Hungry
  • Pale, sweaty
  • Weak or shaky
  • May appear confused, irritable, or aggressive
  • Seizures

High blood glucose

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Feeling tired, blurred vision
  • Fruity sweet smell of acetone on the breath

To learn what to do during a diabetic emergency check out our first aid fact sheet here.

You can also download the First Responder App to have access to first aid guides on the go.

Posted on:

13 July 2022

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