Type 2 Diabetes
When to Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if:
- You have symptoms of Reference hyperosmolar state Opens New Window, such as:
- Blurred vision.
- Trouble staying awake or trouble being woken up.
- Fast, deep breathing.
- Breath that smells fruity.
- Belly pain, not feeling hungry, and vomiting.
- Feeling confused.
- Less common in type 2 diabetes is Reference diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) Opens New Window, which has symptoms similar to those of hyperosmolar state. But DKA is still possible and very dangerous.
- You had passed out (lost consciousness), or if you suddenly become very sleepy or confused. (You may have very low blood sugar, called Reference hypoglycemia Opens New Window.)
Call a doctor if:
- You are sick and cannot control your blood sugar.
- You have been vomiting or have had diarrhea for more than 6 hours.
- You have a blood sugar level that stays higher than the level the doctor has set for you, for example, 300 mg/dL for two or more readings.
- You have blood sugar that stays lower than the level the doctor has set for you, for example, 70 mg/dL for two or more readings.
- You have symptoms of low blood sugar, such as:
- Feeling nervous, shaky, and weak.
- Extreme hunger and slight nausea.
- Dizziness and headache.
- Blurred vision.
Check with your doctor if:
- You often have problems with high or low blood sugar levels.
- You have trouble knowing when your blood sugar is low (Reference hypoglycemia unawareness Opens New Window).
- You have questions or want to know more about diabetes.
Who to see
Health professionals who may be involved in your diabetes care include:
- A Reference family doctor Opens New Window.
- A Reference certified diabetes educator Opens New Window (CDE).
- A Reference registered dietitian Opens New Window. All people newly diagnosed with diabetes should see a dietitian for help in choosing healthy foods.
- An Reference endocrinologist Opens New Window.
If you have signs of complications of diabetes, such as nerve problems or kidney problems, you may be referred to a specialist. Learn more about Reference the roles of the health professionals on a diabetes care team.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 28, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism