The symptoms of diabetic shock include confusion, fainting, seizures and coma, according to WebMD. The condition, also known as severe hypoglycemia, is a reaction to too much insulin in the body, so diabetics are particularly at risk. It can be deadly.
Diabetic shock when there is too much insulin present in the body for the amount of sugar in the blood stream, explains WebMD. Insulin signals the body to remove excess sugar from the blood, as this can be harmful as well. When there is excess insulin, sugar levels drop dangerously low, and the cells of the body begin to starve. This is most likely to occur in insulin-dependent diabetics because they must inject insulin instead of relying on the body to produce the insulin it needs. A missed meal or an unusual increase in physical activity can bring on hypoglycemia and possibly diabetic shock. Alcohol consumption can also cause hypoglycemia.
Diabetic shock usually builds up over time, says WebMD. Early signs of oncoming diabetic shock include hunger, shakes, irritability, sweating and dizziness. Rapid heart beat may also occur. Hypoglycemia can occur during sleep, and the signs of this occurring include nightmares, damp sheets from heavy sweating and crying out during sleep.