Diabetic emergency

Diabetic emergencies happen when a victim has dangerously low or high blood sugar levels. Although this type of emergency can happen to anyone, it is more common for victims with diabetes.



1 If a person with diabetes reports having low blood sugar, you may assist by providing them with sugars such as juices, sugar tablets or glucose gel which the victim may be prescribed.

2 Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink if they are unable to swallow or have slow responsiveness. Call 9-1-1 to activate EMS.


Symptoms of a diabetic emergency include:

  • Confusion
  • Altered behavior
  • Difficulty speaking or walking
  • Slow responsiveness

Source: HSA


Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only.  Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities.  In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.