What is an insulin shock and who’s at risk of experiencing it? This is something that those with one of the most common diseases nowadays might want to know.
Individuals affected by the chronic disease called diabetes who take regular insulin shots should be careful not to forget to eat after injecting their insulin dose. They should eat as much as they usually do.
If for some reason they eat less than normal or forget to eat after taking the insulin shot, their blood sugar levels could drop to dangerously low levels – hypoglycemia.
Insulin shock is a life-threatening condition that happens if the person:
The early warning signs of insulin shock are:
They could easily progress into:
If someone experiences an insulin shock in the middle of the night, they’ll experience the following symptoms:
You should also know how to differentiate diabetic coma vs. insulin shock.
Too high insulin levels in the blood can cause too low blood sugar levels. In this condition, our body doesn’t have the needed fuel/energy to perform its normal functions.
Having an insulin shock would mean too little fuel for our body so it’ll start shutting down.
So, if we take insulin shots to control our condition, we are at risk of having too high insulin levels in our blood if we miss a meal after taking the shot, or if we inject too much insulin.
Here are some other possible causes:
When noticing the first signs of hypoglycemia, it’s best to act as soon as possible. Eat a sugary snack with some protein source like an energy bar or nuts.
This will give the insulin something to work with, thus normalizing blood glucose levels and alleviating the symptoms.
If our blood glucose levels aren’t increasing after 15 minutes, we should eat another small carbohydrate snack, and then a regular meal. If our blood glucose doesn’t improve after 3 treatments, we better head to the emergency room.
If some other person is experiencing these symptoms, make sure they eat the carbohydrate snacks and meals as soon as possible.
And, if the person is unconscious, call 911 and don’t give them anything to swallow as they might choke on it. We can also use an injection of glucagon.
Here are some tips to lower the risk of hypoglycemia and insulin shock:
If we take insulin shots we should know that taking care of ourselves could save our life.
But, with the proper precautions, we can manage our insulin medications and blood glucose levels, thus preventing insulin shock and other complications.