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First aid for
diabetes

Watch the video, in which Brad is treated for a diabetic emergency.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who is having a diabetic emergency.

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Give them something sweet to eat or a non-diet drink.

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In diabetic emergencies, blood sugar levels can become too low; this can cause people to collapse. Giving them something sugary will help raise their blood sugar levels and improve their bodily function. Avoid giving them a diet drink, as it won’t have any sugar in it and will not help them.

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Reassure the person. Most people will gradually improve, but if in doubt, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

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We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email firstaid@redcross.org.uk including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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