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Wilderness: Diabetic Reaction (cont.)

Diabetic Reaction Treatment

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Low Blood Sugar Treatment

  • Provide the hypoglycemic person with low blood sugar with juice, candy, or any other sweet substance. If the person responds to treatment, further food will be required.
  • Wilderness trips should be carefully planned. Blood sugar monitors and adequate medication supplies (including refrigeration for insulin) should always be available.

NOTE: When in doubt, any person with diabetes who appears to be having a reaction should be treated as if he or she has low blood sugar until a blood sugar can be measured.

High Blood Sugar Treatment

  • Encourage clear liquids with low or no sugar content.
  • Administer IV fluids as soon as possible vomiting for the presence of ketoacidosis in the blood or urine. The person with high blood sugar may need extra insulin doses in a monitored medical setting.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014

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