To anticipate Diabetes complications & emergencies — a brief recap!

Hyperglycaemia

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Blood which constitutes around 7–8% of an adult’s body weight plays a vital role in maintaining our overall health and well-being. Blood delivers nutrients, hormones, oxygen to living cells and carry away the waste products. What if blood is invaded by too much sugar? This is exactly what happens in diabetes which invites a collection of problems that eventually leads to some grave consequences if left unconstrained.

Complications

Some complications of diabetes are itching of the skin particularly in the groin area, slow healing of the cuts and wounds, susceptibility to Yeast (fungal) infection, tingling or numbness of the feet or hands, weight gain & weight related problems and erectile dysfunctions.

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Diabetic emergencies

DiabetesDiabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a fatal complication and requires emergency hospital treatment. May present as abdominal pain, vomiting, deep breathing with an open mouth, breath may smell fruity, confusion and rarely fainting.

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Hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar: Feeling of unease, shaking, sweating, and in very severe form rarely fainting and brain death.

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Stroke: is another fatal condition and it happens when the brain fails to receive blood supply. Timing matters a lot so urgent medical treatment is a must thing. The quicker the treatment, the better chances to recover from this deadly ailment. Anticipating and recognising the symptoms are therefore vital which can be remembered as FAST

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F — Face: or eyes if dropped towards one side, difficulty in smiling.

A — Arms: May. Not be able to lift arms and may experience numbness or weakness.

S — Speech: May not be able to talk, speech may become unclear and incoherent despite being alert and awake. May also fail to understand and interpret.

T — Time is everything so getting medical help as quickly as possible is crucial

Fall incidents: can also happen so dangerous places need to be anticipated and avoided.

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To sum up, Diabetes is a life style related disorder. If left unchecked or untreated, it can cause devastating outcomes in life. Anticipating these events could save life and prevent fatal injuries.

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