What's the difference between diabetic coma and insulin shock?

Symptoms of a diabetic coma include labored breathing, breath that smells fruity, nausea and vomiting, excessive thirst, dry mouth, flushed skin, confusion, and loss of consciousness.

A person suffering from insulin shock may experience a tingling sensation in the mouth, hands or other body part. Symptoms of insulin shock also include physical weakness, headaches, abdominal pain, labored breathing, a rapid heartbeat, tremors and irritability.

A person with symptoms of either diabetic coma or insulin shock should seek prompt medical attention. (This answer provided for NATA by the Southern Connecticut State University Athletic Training Education Program)

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