Personal medical devices are not just for the elderly, those at risk of a fall, or for those who live alone. Diabetics can also benefit from a home medical alert device and this is especially true for those who don’t have a handle yet on their blood sugar.
Diabetic shock is a very real, and life threatening medical condition. Hypoglycemia occurs when a diabetic has either too much or too little insulin, too little food, too much exercise or a combination of any of these factors. The signs of diabetic shock could appear minimal, at first, but they should never be disregarded. If not addressed, hypoglycemia can lead to fainting, coma and at the very worst, death.
If you understand the symptoms and what to do, you could potentially save your own life or the life of a loved one. If you have a LifeFone medical alert button and press it at the first signs of diabetic shock, the trained professionals can summon emergency medical assistance.
Warning signs of hypyglycemia include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Poor coordination
- Excessive night sweats
You will want to check with your doctor, but if you experience these symptoms, check your blood sugar levels. If it is low and you need to raise it quickly, eat something sweet like a piece of fruit or drink a sugary drink.
Because hypoglycemia can cause confusion you may not have the presence of mind to call a family member or 9-1-1 for assistance. That’s when a personal medical alert device is so valuable as you can gain assistance at the push of a button.