1. Give them something sweet to eat or a drink other than diet. In diabetic emergencies, blood sugar levels can go down too much; This can cause people to collapse. Giving them something sugary will help raise their blood sugar levels and improve their body function. Avoid giving them a diet drink, as it does not contain sugar and will not help them.
2. Reassure the person. Most people will improve gradually, but if in doubt, ask for medical help or ask someone else to do so.
Here are some questions that people often ask:
Q-1: What are the symptoms of a diabetic emergency?
A: Symptoms vary, but the most common include:
* cold and damp skin
* profuse sweating
* drowsiness or confusion
* weakness or feeling faint
* Sudden loss of consciousness.
Q-2: What is diabetes?
A: Diabetes is a medical condition that affects blood sugar levels. Normally, people's bodies maintain ideal blood sugar levels automatically. When a person has diabetes, their body can not maintain the balance of blood sugar, so you need to control it through a diet, tablets or insulin injections. Sometimes, a person who has diabetes can suffer from diabetic emergencies, which require first aid.
Q-3: What happens in a diabetic emergency?
A: In most cases, the person's blood sugar levels become too low. This is called hypoglycemia. It can happen when the person has lost a meal or has exercised too much. If left untreated, a diabetic emergency can result in coma and death.
Q-4: How will I know if this is a long-term condition for the person?
A: They should be able to tell you, so listen to what they say. They may have some type of identification (for example, a card, bracelet or necklace) that will give you information about their condition, or they may carry an insulin pen, glucose gel or glucose tablets.
Q-5: How should I decide when to call an ambulance?
A: Call an ambulance if the person's condition does not improve or if you become unconscious.
Q-6: What should I do if they lose consciousness but continue to breathe?
A: Find out how to help someone who is unconscious and breathing.
Q-7: Why can not I give you a diet drink?
A: Do not give them a diet drink because it does not contain sugar. Dietary drinks use artificial sweeteners, which do not have the same effect as normal sugary drinks.
Q-8: But some people have high blood sugar levels, why do not you give them sugary drinks or foods that worsen their diabetic emergency?
A: Some people have high blood sugar levels, but giving them sugary drinks or food is unlikely to cause any harm.
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