Diabetes is known as a lifestyle disease that can become chronic. Diabetes can be deadly and it isn’t always a long drawn out disease
Diabetic shock is when your blood sugar becomes dangerously high and needs urgent medical attention.
Why do diabetics go into diabetic shock?
Diabetic shock known medically as hyperglycaemia happens when your blood sugar reaches dangerously high levels and could even lead to a diabetic coma.
Although this does happen to people who know they are diabetic, this is more likely to happen to people who do not know they are diabetic and are not taking treatment for their diabetes or following a diabetic-friendly diet.
Hypoglycaemia is equally dangerous. It is when your blood sugar becomes dangerously low and could also lead to a diabetic coma.
What does diabetic shock look like?
Diabetic shock doesn’t always look the same and can differ from one person to another and vary in severity too.
Hyperglycaemia (a high blood sugar) can feel like extreme fatigue, frequent thirst and urination, headaches and blurry vision.
In some cases, people undergoing diabetic shock can be mistaken for people who are drunk or having a mild stroke. If you suspect you are in diabetic shock it is important to seek medical attention; do not drive or walk by yourself.
This reaction is more common with type 2 diabetes and is a dangerous way to find out you are diabetic because it can not only have serious direct consequences for your health but also have secondary consequences like falling, causing accidents or injuring yourself as a result of dizziness.
What to do if you think your blood sugar is too high
Knowing whether or not your diabetes is very important and can determine what steps to takes, changes you need to make to your lifestyle and diet and possibly if you need to be on medication to manage your blood sugar levels.
Following a balanced diet, exercising regularly and living a balanced and generally healthy lifestyle can help you avoid becoming diabetic and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
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