Diabetic Coma Symptoms

Diabetic Coma Symptoms

Diabetic coma is a situation wherein the person goes into an unconscious condition. The person does not go into that condition unexpectedly; there are definite diabetic coma signs. Diabetes is a disease that affects the way in which your body utilizes the glucose.

If diabetes is left untreated, it may cause diabetic coma. Diabetic coma is a serious difficulty in diabetes. This causes unconscious condition. Diabetic Hypoglycemia, diabetic Hyperosmolar, diabetic Ketoacidosis are some of the causes for diabetic coma.


The following are the signs and symptoms of diabetic coma. When the sugar level in the body increases, the diabetic coma signs are different than that are seen when the blood sugar level lowers.

If the diabetes is caused by hypoglycemia, the following are the symptoms of diabetic coma:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urination
  • Shortness of breathe.

These may cause because of forgetting insulin and diabetes medicines. And it may cause because of the infections like flu, or pneumonia. These infections may cause increase sugar levels in blood. And the following symptoms are also occurs because of this hypoglycemia:

  • Tiredness and continuous sweating
  • Progressive drowsiness
  • Shivers and shaky nerves
  • Increase in hunger
  • Fruity smell in the breath.
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased fatigue and confusion

These symptoms may be caused because of high dose of insulin. This is because of low sugar level in blood.

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The health of the diabetic coma patient will be very weak. They feel very tired and drowsy. It is the most obvious symptom of diabetic coma.

Altered mental, head ache, restlessness, inability to talk, paralysis are other signs of diabetic coma.

  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Intense hunger
  • Palpitations
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Altered behavior
  • Drowsiness or coma

These are also the common symptoms of diabetic coma.


It is a common sign of diabetic coma. It is an irregular or unusual fast beating of the heart whichever because of a medical condition or because of exertion, fear, or anxiety. This may cause because of the low sugar level in blood. It is the most obvious symptom of diabetic coma.

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Intense hunger:

It is also a general sign of diabetic coma. The patient, who suffers from the diabetic coma, will experience the extreme hunger. They often get the feel of hunger. If this sign is experienced by the diabetic patient, he should consult with is care provider.


Drowsiness is also a symptom of diabetic coma. The patient will feel drowsy and tired. If they work even for a short period they may feel drowsy and feel like lie down and take rest.


Trembling is a kind of indicator for the diabetic coma. It occurs because of low sugar level in blood. This means that the patient will feel like shivering and shaky. They can’t hold things and do any kind of work. They can’t walk for long distance. Their body feels shaky.

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Inability to talk:

It is also a kind of sign which the diabetic coma patient will have. They can’t speak properly. They feel the difficulty to speak as usual.

More appetite

This is a common obvious symptom of diabetic coma. It means the patient suffer from diabetic coma will experience more hunger. They feel hungry often.

Breathe odor:

Bad breathe is a sensibly common symptom that may be the simple result of poor dental hygiene. Fruity breathe odor is one of the individuality symptoms of diabetic coma. It can be a deadly within hours or days.

Abdominal pain:

Abdominal pain is also a sign of diabetic coma. It is any kind of soreness or uneasiness that occurs in any area from the lower chest to the groin. It is a kind of symptom of a wide diversity of mild serious diseases, disorders and conditions.

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Confusion and impaired thinking are the most obvious symptoms of diabetic coma. It leads to concentration difficulty. And it may lead to forgetfulness.

Rapid breathing:

Rapid breathing is also a kind of earliest symptom of diabetic coma. It is a potentially life threatening crisis. So it should be consult with the medical professional

The other symptoms of diabetic coma are:

  1. More urination
  2. More thirst
  3. More appetite
  4. More sedation
  5. More weakness
  6. Nausea and vomiting
  7. Sight impaired
  8. Late healing of wounds
  9. Rapid shallow breathing
  10. Pain in the pelvic area

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By taking the insulin dosage and changing diet habits these symptoms can be detected. If these symptoms are detected by these methods, the problems will bring under control. This syndrome will be stopped if you drink lots of water as it is merely addressing a side-effect of the problem. The medical assistance should be sort again, if the problem in not detected early.

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Sivaraman did his higehr secondary at Government School in Madurai which is in the southern most part of India. He completed his MBBS from Government college in Madurai. He has around 25+ years of experience as a Physician and now he is relaxing his old age by writing for blogs.

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