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First Aid: The German Diabetes Society advises immediate sugar intake in case of hypoglycaemia
Last autumn, a 15-year-old girl developed acute hypoglycaemia as a result of her type 1 diabetes. When she then asked for glucose in a pharmacy, the pharmacist refused the request and sent the girl away, as newspapers reported.
The "hypoglycemia" disease, which is referred to in medical terminology, was formerly also referred to as adolescent diabetes because it predominantly occurs in childhood and adolescence and is rarely diagnosed in adults. According to the German Center for Diabetes Research, an estimated six million people in Germany have diabetes. Prosecutors then investigated the suspected failure to provide assistance to the pharmacist, who apologized publicly for his behavior.
However, readers of an internet blog from a pharmacist magazine assessed the girl's behavior as inappropriate. Some blamed the parents for the predicament, as their diabetic daughter had neither money nor food with her so that she could act quickly in such a rare case. Other readers even spoke of "scrounging".
"Such allegations against people with diabetes and hypoglycaemia are widespread and wrong," said Professor med. Andreas Fritsche, DDG spokesman for the comments on the blog. “We advise patients to always carry glucose with them. Nevertheless, it can happen in rare cases that this is not at hand and unwanted hypoglycaemia occurs. ”But how can it be recognized for outsiders that their counterpart really needs help due to the lack of insulin? The behavior of people with low blood sugar is often similar to that of drunk people, Fritsche explained.
Help without much effort
It is comparatively easy to help with low blood sugar. A sugared drink, sweetened food or the administration of glucose was enough for those affected to get back on their feet quickly.
The German Diabetes Society therefore advises to give sugar immediately if you suspect hypoglycaemia. "You just have to make sure that the patient is still conscious," explains the DDG expert. If the hypoglycaemic diabetic patient is passed out, an emergency call should always be made.
Due to the predominantly negative response of the readers in the internet blog, the DGG expressly emphasizes that hypoglycemia is a disease that usually arises through no fault of one's own. "Some people with diabetes also suffer from hypoglycaemia perception disorders, the hypoglycemia attacks them, so to speak, without warning," says Professor Fritsche. "Unfortunately, hypoglycemia is often played down and generally mistaken for hunger and fatigue in the population."
In addition to the danger of falling into a coma, the consequential damage of this disease is gradual. Diabetes melitus promotes the development of strokes, heart attacks and often leads to the arteries closing over time. and people who deal with diabetes patients professionally can learn more about the disease through special diabetes training. (fr)
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