…..establish until after levels have risen significantly. The situation may evolve over several hours or may not be recognised for several days. It is not until the person becomes unwell that it is diagnosed.
If ignored, the person’s condition will continue to decline, ultimately leading to a diabetic coma. When high blood glucose levels are prevalent, some or all of the following clues may be present. The person may complain of feeling insatiably thirsty, a dry mouth and report frequent urination. Their skin appears dry; their eyes are sunken, a clear indicator of dehydration. The speed of the person’s pulse significantly increases, their breathing becoming faster. They may complain of pain in their abdomen accompanied by nausea and vomiting. A history of recent weight loss may be another indicator of the developing condition. One obvious clue consistent with high blood glucose levels is a smell on the person’s breath. The smell of acetone is commonly described as fruity or sweet-smelling.
For more information & support check out Diabetes New Zealand at: https://www.diabetes.org.nz
Tomorrow we will look at the actions to take when uncertainty exists about whether blood glucose levels are high or low….
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