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Do You Know the Symptoms of a Diabetic Seizure?

by: Margaret Leslie

A diabetic seizure occurs because of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) and hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). Both of these conditions can cause seizure, convulsion, coma, and even death.

Seizures in diabetics is one of the lesser known complications of diabetes most people are unaware. As a result, they are not familiar with the symptoms of a diabetes seizure. Since it is so serious anyone who suffers from diabetes or who has a family member that has diabetes should be aware of what to look for.

Not all of the diabetes seizures are the same. Some can appear much like a grand mal seizure (or, tonic seizure). The person experiencing this type of seizure may cry out, lose consciousness and fall to the ground, and convulse. This is the type of seizure that of us are familiar with.

The only clue that a person may be experiencing an absence (petit mal) seizure is rapid blinking or a few seconds of staring into space.

Some of the symptoms are not that much different than those displayed when a person is intoxicated. Mistaking a diabetic who is having a seizure with a person who is drunk could lead to tragic consequences. A person suffering such a seizure needs immediate medical treatment not being treated for being drunk.

Other less obvious symptoms of a diabetes seizure may be:

  • as faint as staring into space.
  • blinking.
  • fully awake and alert but may:
    • be unaware of his surroundings.
    • appear disoriented.
    • smell odors or see bright lights that aren't there.
    • behave in a different manner than normal.
    • experience memory loss.
    • experience loss of sensation in addition to numbness and tingling.
    • display a lack of coordination.
    • exhibits slurred speech
A diabetes seizure may last just a few minutes or it may can last until medical help arrives.

Since some of these seizures happen at night it may be difficult for a persons to know if they had a seizure. The only indications would be if they had a headache in the morning, they had damp sheets from a night sweat and they had high blood sugar levels in the morning.

Of course, experiencing these things does not always indicate that a seizure had occurred but it does indicate that the diabetes was not being managed.

To avoid any diabetes complications it is essential for a diabetic to take care of themselves, pay close attention to their bodies and check their blood sugars to prevent complications such as a diabetic seizure.

My family has experienced diabetes for three generations, often with tragic results. When my daughter suffered a seizure I was not aware that seizures were one of the complications of diabetes. Since that time I have being researching all types of diabetes. I decided to a website to share that information with others. Please visit me at

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