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Diabetic Seizures – Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Posted by RSC Diagnostics on Jan 16, 2020

Young girl checking the sugar from finger

A diabetic seizure is a serious medical condition and without emergency treatment, it has proven to be fatal. Extremely low levels of sugar in the diabetic’s blood cause these seizures. That is why it is so important for those who have diabetes to monitor and control their blood sugar.

What Are the Causes?

A number of different things can actually cause a diabetic seizure to occur. It could happen because too much insulin is injected, or because the diabetic did not eat right after taking insulin. Some of the other potential causes include not eating meals regularly or drinking too much alcohol. Even certain oral diabetes medications can make the body produce excess insulin. Those who are exercising too much without taking into account how this will affect their insulin levels will also be at a greater risk of suffering a diabetic stroke.

No matter what causes the seizure, it is always a medical emergency and those who have one need immediate medical attention.

What Are the Symptoms?

When entering the first stages of a diabetic seizure, the person may exhibit a number of different symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Clamminess
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Bodily shakes
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid and unexpected emotional changes
  • Weakness in the muscles
  • Anxiety
  • Vision changes
  • Loss of ability to speak clearly

After these initial symptoms, the next phase of symptoms begin and the danger level rises. Now, the person may stare into space and be non-communicative and uncontrollable body movements and contractions of the muscles may occur. In some cases, the diabetic will be unaware of the movements and may even fall into unconsciousness. 

What Is the Prevention and Treatment?

The best way to deal with this problem is by ensuring it does not occur in the first place. This includes proper monitoring of blood sugar levels and healthy living. It is important that a diabetic keeps a source of sugar handy at all times, such as a candy bar or fruit juice. When the symptoms start to present themselves, simply eating the sugar can help to increase the blood sugar back to normal levels. Those who find that they have this problem occurring frequently can speak with their doctor about getting glucose tablets. Something else that is very helpful is wearing a medical alert bracelet. If symptoms occur and the diabetic becomes unaware, others can know what the condition is and be able to help.

It is important to remember that the treatments are only short-term solutions. There is currently no cure for diabetes, and the only thing that the patient is able to do is manage his or her condition. One important thing you should do is track your seizures. Read our blog, "The Importance of Using a Seizure Tracker" to understand why.

If you suffer from diabetes, take the time to talk with your doctor about the possibility of a diabetic seizure, even if you have never had one. Your physician can provide you with the tips that you need to stay healthy and to make sure you are monitoring your blood sugar properly.



Topics: Types of Seizures