Type 2 Diabetes: Living With the Disease (cont.)
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High blood sugar
It's important to know these symptoms so you can treat them before they get worse and you need medical attention. If your blood sugar stays higher than your target range and you don't drink enough liquids, you can get dehydrated. This can make you feel dizzy and weak and can lead to an emergency called a hyperosmolar state.
Low blood sugar
When your blood sugar is too low, it can also cause problems. And it can happen suddenly. Quickly treating low blood sugar can help you avoid passing out (losing consciousness). You can pass out when your blood sugar gets very low. Low blood sugar can also lead to a heart attack. Symptoms of low blood sugar include:
If you aren't able to tell when your blood sugar is too low, it's a good idea to test your blood sugar often. But you're not likely to get low blood sugar unless you take insulin or oral diabetes medicines.
Symptoms of complications
Talk with your doctor if you notice any of these signs:
You won't have any symptoms of kidney damage (diabetic nephropathy) until the problem is severe. Then you may notice swelling in your feet or legs or all over your body. Having regular tests to check for protein in your urine is the only way to find diabetic nephropathy before symptoms start.
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