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Diabetic since a decade. How can sugar levels be detected without a monitor or kit?

Hi, My mom has diabetes for the past 16 years .Unfortunately she doesn t recognize the symptoms of low or high blood sugar ..so its us the family members who have to be very cautious about her sugar levels and keep an eye on the symptoms.. we use the home kit/monitor to check her sugar levels..If sometime i dont have the home kit how do we identify whether her sugar is high or low in extreme conditions as both the symptoms of hypogycemia or hypergycemia are similar.??
Asked On : Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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HI. SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA AND HPERGLYCEMIA ARE DIFFERENT. HOWEVER IT IS THE HYPOGLYCEMIA WHICH IS MORE DANGEROUS AS IT WILL LEAD TO NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. HYPOGLYCEMIA WILL MANIFESTS AS PALPITATIONS, SWEATING, SLURRING OF VOICE, AND UNCONSCIOUSNESS IN EXTREME CASES. HYPERGLYCEMIA OF LONG STANDING DURATION WILL MANIFEST AS POLYURIA, INCREASE IN APPETITE, INCREASE IN THIRST.
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