You may not know it, but the world is currently experiencing a diabetes epidemic. In Australia alone, 280 new cases are diagnosed every day and it is estimated that…

500,000 Aussie’s are undiagnosed and don’t know they have diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to break down sugars for the body to use as energy. Every cell in our bodies needs energy so this is a very important process.

There are two types of diabetes, referred to as Type 1 and Type 2. A diabetic person will usually use a device to monitor their insulin levels constantly, and may need to inject themselves with insulin regularly or as needed.

For diabetes first aid, it makes little difference which type of diabetes the casualty has, as the signs, symptoms and treatment in any diabetic emergency is the same.

Signs & symptoms of a diabetic emergency:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Frequent urination
  • Confusion
  • Slurred Speech
  • Sweet metallic smell on their breath
  • Aggressive or altered behaviour
  • Appearance of being drunk
  • Unconsciousness

Diabetes first aid treatment:

  1. Rest the person and give them something sugary like lollies, soft drink, sugar granules or glucose gel.
  2. Once their condition improves, give some food for sustained energy like a sandwich, fruit, or a glass of milk.
  3. If they don’t recover quickly, call 000 and stay with them until help arrives.

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