January 10


What is a Diabetic Shock and How to Deal With It

By Gabriela

January 10, 2018

There are different complications which might be linked to diabetes. There are causes and situations which might bring the blood glucose levels to dangerously low levels. Such situation of really low blood sugar levels is known by the name hypoglycemia.

Or also a diabetic shock. To understand how to deal with such situation where someone with diabetes has suffered from this shock, first, it’s important to understand what diabetic shock really is.

What is a Diabetic Shock?

Diabetes shock is also known by the name insulin shock or severe hypoglycemia. It’s actually a situation in which the glucose or sugar levels are below 70 mg or dl.

The main thing that causes the occurrence of this diabetic shock is actually an imbalance of insulin in the system, the level of physical activity and the total amount of eaten food.

Warning Signs of a Diabetic Shock

  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Extreme hunger
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling dizzy
  • A headache
  • Pale skin
  • Too rapid pulse
  • Shaking
  • Too aggressive behavior
  • Nightmares
  • Sweaty pajamas and bedding

Causes of Diabetic Shock

  • Not taking insulin at the prescribed time as suggested by our doctor
  • Skipping a meal
  • Suddenly being more physically active in comparison to before
  • Drinking alcohol without eating food
  • Suddenly change the frequency and total amount with which we eat food

What to Do

When the early signs of low blood glucose appear, the smart thing to do would be to take a blood glucose reading. Prompt attention to the blood glucose reading might prevent an emergency situation.

As remedies, we can consume glucose gel and glucose tablets, that are over-the-counter products which are available in all drug stores. Other options are a handful of raisins, one tablespoon of honey or sugar. 8 oz. glass of milk, non-diet soda and 4 oz. of fruit juice.

After the remedy, we should wait for around 15 minutes and then check the blood glucose levels once more. In case the blood glucose levels are still low, we will need to repeat the same procedure.

What to Do While Waiting for Ambulance

In case mental confusion, unconsciousness or seizure has occurred, the people around the individual with diabetes need to act. People should know that this person should get medical attention right away.

While waiting for the ambulance, the attempts to revive the one with diabetes need to be limited to only applying glucagon gel to the inside of the cheek, or applying a small amount of sugar or honey to the gums.

In case the one with diabetes, i.e., the patients is unconscious or semi-conscious, people should not give him/her solid liquids or foods because there is a possibility of choking.

In case the patient is conscious, they need to remain with him/her in order to make sure that they feel comfortable and safe. Tell the emergency staff what they have done in order to revive the patient.


Is vital for those people who are in daily contact with one with diabetes to know what to do in certain situations, such as this emergency situation. Those with diabetes should keep track of their glucose levels and paying attention to them can help keep them safe.

People need to follow the diabetes management plan, and they won’t have to worry about situations like the one above mentioned, yes, prevention is the key.


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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