What are the symptoms of brittle diabetes?

What are the symptoms of brittle diabetes?

People with brittle diabetes experience sudden and frequent changes in blood glucose levels for no obvious reason. The swings lead to hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include:

  • Dizziness, weakness or shaking.
  • Fast heart rate.
  • Irritability or confusion.
  • Pale skin.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Sweating.
  • Sudden hunger.

Symptoms of hyperglycemia include:

  • Blurry vision.
  • Fatigue (feeling weak, tired).
  • Frequent urination (peeing).
  • Headache.
  • Skin infections and slow-healing cuts.
  • Thirst or hunger.

Untreated hyperglycemia can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication of diabetes, which can cause:

  • Confusion.
  • Dehydration.
  • Fast heart rate.
  • Fruity-smelling breath.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Vomiting.
  • Coma.

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