What causes a diabetic emergency?

A diabetic emergency is caused by an imbalance between sugar and insulin in the body.

It can happen when there is:
  • Too much sugar in the blood (hyperglycemia): Among other causes, the person may not have taken enough insulin or the person is reacting adversely to a large meal or a meal that is high in carbohydrates.
  • Too little sugar in the blood (hypoglycemia): The person may have taken too much insulin, eaten too little food, or overexerted him- or herself. Extremely low blood sugar levels can quickly become life threatening.

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