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Must-haves in a diabetic emergency kit
13 Mar 2022
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A journey away from home with a condition like diabetes requires packing a few additional items which are the supplies you need to take care of yourself. Moreover, if a calamity happens or a simple power outage occurs, you may need to evacuate your home immediately. But for people with diabetes, even a small traffic jam can turn into a vital emergency. Therefore gather a few essentials ahead of time and place them in a convenient “go bag” so you can leave at a short notice.

What is an diabetic emergency? 

You can prepare better if you know what diabetic emergencies look like and how they happen. Moreover, everyone will feel more prepared if you educate your family, friends, and even coworkers about how they can help if you have a diabetic emergency.

Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS)

HHS is a potentially life-threatening diabetic emergency. The hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome occurs when blood sugar levels become too high. So the kidneys respond by eliminating some glucose from the bloodstream through urination. Symptoms may include:

  • Severe sweating and fever
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a complication of type 1 diabetes and, to a lesser extent, type 2. (DKA). Thus when blood sugar levels are extremely high and the level of ketones (acidic compounds) in the blood becomes dangerously high, this occurs.

Moreover, when there isn’t enough insulin to process high blood glucose levels, DKA develops. For some people, it could be the first sign of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.

Some symptoms of DKA are:

  • Frequent urination
  • Thirst
  • Pain in stomach
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Diabetic coma

When blood sugar levels are either low (hypoglycemia) or too high (hyperglycemia), a diabetic coma can occur (hyperglycemia).

But our body can get dehydrated and leading you to lose consciousness if your blood sugar is too high; the brain requires glucose to function. There is usually enough time to prevent hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia from progressing to the point of causing a diabetic coma.

Insulin shock

Insulin shock occurs when there is too much insulin in your blood. Low blood sugar, often known as hypoglycemia, and associated symptoms are caused by insulin shock. It can happen at any time of day or night.

Diabetes supply kit

Although you may purchase pre-made diabetic emergency kits, it is generally preferable to make your own. In this manner, you can customize it to meet your exact requirements.

So we’ll go through some of the most common and suggested diabetic emergency items to help you determine what to include in your personal diabetic emergency kit. Supplies in a diabetes emergency kit can be,

Write down your medical history and contact list

Having your own medical history on hand, similar to a diabetes ID bracelet, might be extremely helpful to paramedics. Make a note of your medical conditions, allergies, and medications, as well as their dosages. Also make copies of your physician’s, pharmacy’s, and emergency contact person’s names and phone numbers and keep them in your emergency kit.


You’ll need a fast-acting supply of glucose to raise your blood sugar levels back up if they fall too low. Moreover, you should have glucose tablets and gels in your emergency bag, but you should also include a glucagon injection kit.

Insulin pump

It’s not simply for the unexpected. An insulin pump, in fact, can be a lifesaver when it comes to diabetes control. Throughout the day, the pump distributes insulin through a catheter in quick, continuous doses. Some models keep track of your blood sugar levels as well.

An extra supply of med

A three-day supply of supplementary diabetes medication should always be kept on hand. If you’re flying, keep the extras in your carry-on luggage in case your trip is delayed or your luggage is lost.

Oral diabetes medications

Always keep extra oral diabetic medications in your kit for emergency situations.


If you don’t have access to clean water, you’ll need bottled water with you to prevent dehydration. Also staying hydrated is vital for everyone, but it’s especially critical for diabetics because dehydration can be caused by high blood sugar levels.

Also, it is recommended that you seek help from experts before you prepare a diabetic emergency kit on your own. According to your specific conditions, a doctor can help you out to find your supplies.

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