#WeSeeYou: Woman Collapsed But How She Bounced Back Inspires A Nation
Obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure are often fast friends of each other. Dawnjay found out that the hard way when she passed out at work. Here’s her amazing story of transformation that has inspired thousands around the globe.
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“My journey has just begun! Never forget where you came from! In May of 2012, I collapsed at work. I was a type II diabetic and I had spiked my blood sugar so high it caused me to pass out. The next day I went and got a gym membership. I’ve worked out 5-6 days a week since. After losing most of the weight and falling completely in love with fitness, I decided that I wanted to continue this lifestyle and perhaps gain recognition for it…”
The higher your blood sugar rises, the more likely you are to have symptoms. If you have higher-than-normal blood sugar and don’t drink enough liquids, you can get dehydrated. This can make you feel dizzy and weak, and it can lead to an emergency called a hyperosmolar state.
Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS) is 1 of 2 serious metabolic derangements that occurs in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and can be a life-threatening emergency. It is less common than the other acute complication of diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
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HHS most commonly occurs in patients with Type 2 Diabetes who have some concomitant illness that leads to reduced fluid intake. Infection is the most common preceding illness, but many other conditions can cause altered mentation, dehydration, or both. Once HHS has developed, it may be difficult to differentiate it from the antecedent illness. The concomitant illness may not be identifiable.
The only sure way to know whether you are experiencing it is to check your blood glucose, if possible. If you are experiencing symptoms and you are unable to check your blood glucose for any reason, treat the hypoglycemia. Severe hypoglycemia has the potential to cause accidents, injuries, coma, and death.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia (all of these can happen quickly)
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sweating, chills and clamminess
- Irritability or impatience
- Confusion, including delirium
- Rapid/fast heartbeat