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What happens if a diabetic doesn't eat any sugar?
I was wondering, or what happens if they don't inject? I hear a person can go into a coma, but is that true with all diabetics?
Posted 3 years ago in Diabetes by FlicHead

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Anonymous
I assume that you mean anything that becomes glucose in the bloodstream? ( pasta, bread, candy etc) in that case, thier bodies will still produce insulin with or without injecting (albeit slowly without) and eventually their bodies will shut down. (all humans need sugar to function) however, a type 1 diabetic that eats normally but doesn't inject will have an excess of sugar in their blood leading to a diabetic shock.
Anonymous
It depends. If they have type 1 diabetes even if they don't eat actuall sugar they still need insulin injections because many foods such as potatoes break down into sugar. They do not produce insulin at all and can get diabetic ketoacidosis if they don't have access to insulin. If they have type 2 they may not need insulin at all. Type 2 occurs when the pancreas no longer secretes enough insulin. Many times this can be managed with diet and oral medication.
Anonymous
Carson is incorrect. You don't need glucose to function. Your body has several ways to feed its cells. Glucose metabolism, while the most convenient for your body to use, certainly isn't the only one. Human beings also have fat metabolism that occurs when an individual goes into ketosis (not to be confused with diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a potentially life threatening condition brought on by high blood sugar and a lack of insulin). Carbohydrates are medically unnecessary for survival.Nothing will happen if a diabetic doesn't eat sugar. The only time sugar is ever necessary is when low blood sugar is an issue. In that case, a diabetic could go into a low blood sugar coma or die. Sugar or carbohydrates that turn into glucose aren't needed to live, though. If an insulin-dependent diabetic doesn't inject insulin, blood sugar will get very high. If that diabetic doesn't have any natural insulin production, he will go into diabetic ketoacidosis and eventually die without treatment.
Anonymous
Diabetics are not supposed to eat any sugar. Not eating sugar will help them control their blood sugar levels and keep them normal while using less insulinIf they continue to inject, but eat poorly, there is the possibility that they could go into Hypoglycemia. this is when the blood sugar gets too low. this feels like being drunk, and many diabetics are arrested for drunk driving when in fact they are having a Hypoglycemic Attack. ALWAYS WEAR THE WARNING BRACELET!!!. A diabetic MUST learn to use a special meter to monitor their blood sugar 3-6 times a day, and balance the injection according to their diet.if the blood sugar gets too high there is usually no noticeable difference. but when the blood sugar is too high for long periods (weeks) other diseases like blindness, numbness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, and sexual dysfunction will set in.
Anonymous
A person with diabetes can go into a coma if they do not take their insulin. It's not something that happens quickly though. It is not true with all diabetics.Most people with type 2 don't need insulin and wouldn't be at risk for a coma.There is a lot of if's in this question and many different scenarios, but the bottom line is people with type 1 are insulin dependent and would eventually die if they did not have insulin.Prior to the discovery of insulin diabetes was always a long slow miserable death sentance.
Anonymous
Someone who is insulin dependent and doesn't eat inject even if they don't eat sugar will be in trouble rather quickly. The body needs the sugar to burn as energy. If it can't get it from sugar then it starts burning fat and last mussel. Ironicly at this stage they actually have a high blood sugar level, and they are essential starving to death. This is actually how many Type 1's find out they are sick, as this is the process that starts in there body.


What is Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body convert food into energy. Without insulin, glucose (sugar) from the food you eat cannot enter cells. So glucose builds up in the blood. Your body tissue becomes starved for energy.

Type 1 diabetes usually begins in children and young adults. Over the long-term, if type 1 diabetes is not adequately treated, high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, and other tissues or organs.



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