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Q: What are the symptoms of late stage diabetes?

My husband is completely irrational, horrible mood swings, threatening me constantly, he can't remember what he says.  I was afraid for my safety and had just been released from the hospital after finding out I had a pulmonary embolism, was in a weakened condition and trying to recover so I asked his brother to take him for a while so I could recover and now my husband has turned on me completely.  Now my husband is threatening and telling lies about me, calling me and threatening me, he emptied the checking account and took some of my stuff when I was at work. 


His sugars run in the 500's daily, he is blind and will not control what he eats.  He is defiant and smokes a ton.  He is scaring me terribly.


What is happening???



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Ann Bartlett, Health Guide
8/ 5/09 10:52am

This is definitely cause for real concern, both for your safety and his health!  500's are leading him to more than mood swings!  He is probably going DKA, which is very dangerous for someone with diabetes.  The average blood glucose range needs to be 90-130.  Is he type 1 or type 2, this will determine how he is to be treated.  


He needs insulin and some counseling on managing his diabetes.  Ask for family support to get him the help he needs!  See if you can get him an appointment with his endocrinologist and if you don't have one then have him make an appointment for his regular doc.  Then seek out an endocrinologist for him to see.  It will make him feel so much better!

needs help, Community Member
8/ 5/09 11:10am

What is DKA?  He has been on 4 large doses of insulin a day for the last 17 years.  He was diagnosed at 33 with his diabetes.  But his insulin has not been controlling it for the past year.  He doesn't remember the horrible things he says.  I believe him when he says he doesn't remember.  He is seriously depressed but will not seek help. 


Thanks for responding to my question.

Ann Bartlett, Health Guide
8/ 5/09 11:41am

DKA is diabetes ketoacidosis here are some links:


This was most interesting scroll down toward bottom of page:


He needs to be seen by a endocrinologist, who specializes in diabetes management! He needs guidance to bring down the blood glucose.


If you are interested in understanding more about the basic ingredients and care of diabetes, I highly recommend Gary Scheiner's book: Think Like a Pancreas.  It will help you understand more of the issues at hand!

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