When to call your health care provider
If you are newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you should probably have medical follow-up weekly until you have good control of blood glucose. Your health care provider will review the results of home glucose monitoring and urine testing. The provider will also look at your diary of meals, snacks, and insulin injections.
As the disease becomes more stable, follow-up visits will be less often. Visiting your health care provider is very important for monitoring possible long-term complications from diabetes.
Call 911 if you have:
- Chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath or other signs of angina
- Loss of consciousness
Call your health care provider or go to the emergency room if you have these symptoms of ketoacidosis:
- Deep and rapid breathing
- Extreme thirst and drinking and frequent urination
- Severe nausea and vomiting, and inability to drink liquids or eat
- Sweet-smelling breath
- Shortness of breath
- Severe abdominal pain
- High glucose or ketone levels in your urine
- Very high blood sugar
Also call your doctor if you have:
- Symptoms that your blood sugar is going too high (being very thirsty, having blurry vision, having dry skin, feeling weak or tired, needing to urinate a lot)
- Blood sugar levels that are running higher than the goals you and your doctor have set
- Symptoms that your blood sugar is getting too low (weakness or fatigue, trembling, sweating, feeling irritable, unclear thinking, fast heartbeat, double or blurry vision, uneasy feeling)
- You are having blood sugar readings below 70 mg/dL
- Numbness, tingling, pain in your feet or legs
- Sores or infections on your feet
- Problems with your eyesight
You can treat early signs of hypoglycemia at home by eating sugar or candy or taking glucose tablets. If your signs of hypoglycemia continue or your blood glucose levels stay below 60 mg/dL, go to the emergency room.