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Diabetes Emergencies

Treating and Preventing the Most Common Diabetes Emergencies


Updated March 20, 2009

Diabetes emergencies can be a common occurrence for some. But even when they are rare, it can be very scary. The good news is that most diabetes-related emergencies can be prevented. Learn how to treat an emergency situation when it arises and prevent future ones from happening.

Diabetes Emergency: Ketoacidosis

Ketoacidosis is a serious medical emergency that needs to be recognized and treated as soon as possible. It results when you have sustained high blood sugar and not enough insulin and can be deadly if not treated in a timely manner. Learn how you can treat and prevent ketoacidosis.

Diabetes Emergency: Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is common among people with type 1 diabetes. It becomes an emergency situation when the glucose in your blood rises to dangerous levels, usually above 240 mg/dl. Learn how you can treat and prevent extremely high blood sugar levels.

Diabetes Emergency: Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can be one of the scariest diabetes emergencies. But arming yourself with the knowledge of what can happen and how to respond if it does may be enough to prevent it from happening at all.

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