Diabetes emergencies

Alternative medicine- Acupuncture – Chinese Herbology

 

 

Diabetes Emergencies

Click on link below for more info…

Definition

Risk Factors

Diagnosis

signs & symptoms

causes

complications

treatment

monitoring treatment

treatment complications

symptoms of low blood sugar

Diabetic emergency

nutrition / diet

herbs & supplements

Chinese Medicine

Diabetes Home Page

Try Nutri-Planner Now!

 

Diabetic Emergencies

 

A diabetic emergency occurs when there is a severe imbalance between the amount of insulin and sugar in the body.

 

Two conditions may result in a diabetic emergency:

 

1. Not enough insulin, causing a high level of sugar or hyperglycemia.  This could lead to diabetic coma.  This may be caused by:

a) not taking enough insulin

b) eating too much food

c) doing less exercise than usual

 

2. Too much insulin, causing a low level of sugar or hypoglycemia.  This may lead to insulin shock.  This may be caused by:

a) taking too much insulin

b) not eating enough food or vomiting

c) doing more exercise than usual

 

How to recognize a diabetic emergency

 

A conscious casualty with diabetes might be able to tell you what is wrong.  However, keep in mind that the person may be confused.

 

An unconscious casualty may be wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace that will tell you that he/she has diabetes.

 

If the casualty cannot tell you what he/she needs, look for the following signs & symptoms:

 

 

Insulin Shock

(needs sugar)

Diabetic Coma

(needs insulin)

Pulse

strong and rapid

weak and rapid

Breathing

shallow

deep and sighing

Skin

pale and sweating

flushed, dry and warm

Breath odour

odourless

like musty apple or nail polish

LOC

faintness to unconsciousness developing quickly

gradual onset of unconsciousness

Other signs and symptoms

headache

 trembling

 hunger

unsteady walk

nausea

 

 

First Aid for a diabetic emergency

 

The first aid for insulin shock and diabetic coma is the same:

 

Begin scene survey

  • If the casualty is unresponsive, get medical help immediately.
  • Do a primary survey and give first aid for life-threatening conditions.
  • Place the unconscious person into the recovery position and monitor the ABC’s until medical help can take over (Airway- to ensure a clear airway, Breathing- to ensure effective breathing, Circulation- to ensure effective circulation)
  • Look for a medical alert device that will give you more information about the casualty’s condition.

 

If the casualty is conscious and knows what is wrong:

  • Assist him/her to take what is needed – sugar or her prescribed medication

 

If the casualty is confused about what is required:

  • Give him/her something to eat or drink and get medical help.

 

 

 

Which Disease Do you have? Click to test!

 

Lift Your Mood Now!

 

 

 

Search TCM Health-info by keyword or phrase

----------------------

-----------------------------

the SAGE newsletter

Sign-up now for this simple yet essential e-mail newsletter.

Click Here

-----------------------

-----------------------

-	TestCountry - Home Test Kit Superstore

-----------------------

Acupuncture

schools

information

-----------------------

_______________

Send in your case studies, articles, essays!  You could get featured on TCM Health-info home page!

Be Heard

-----------------------------

Click Here

for a list of Journals

to subscribe to!

---------------------

WHO

(World Health Organization)

List of conditions treatable by Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

----------------------

TCM Health-info

Recommended

Reading

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and...

 

Healing With Whole Foods: Asian...

-----------------------

-------------------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© tcm.health-info.org 2002

 

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Men's Health Vancouver
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Pregnancy Labour Health Vancouver
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Infertility IVF Vancouver
Men's Reproductive Health (andrology) Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Vancouver
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Langley/Walnut Grove BC