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What is a diabetic coma?

A diabetic coma can occur for one of three reasons: diabetic ketoacidosis is triggered when toxic acids called ketones are formed as fat stores break down; diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome when blood sugar gets too high and the sugar passes into the urine; and hypoglycemia where your blood sugar level is extremely low. Diabetic coma is treatable but treatment is determined by the cause of the coma. Once sugar levels are stabilized, the person will usually regain consciousness.

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