Interventions for Diabetics

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As a massage therapist, it is likely you will encounter a client with diabetes. It is important to know the different signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, as well as the interventions for both. A few signs that people that are hyperglycemic encounter are dry mouth and are very thirsty, urinate a lot, have a metallic or fruity taste/smell in their mouth, blurry vision and dilated pupils. If the client experiences these symptoms, it is helpful to have them drink a beverage: water is best or a sugar-free drink. If a client is experiencing hypoglycemia, they may experience being hungry, start to shake, have tingling in their fingers or mouth, their skin may be clammy and sweaty and they have slurred speech. If a diabetic client experiences these symptoms, it is helpful to provide them with a beverage that contains sugar, like juice or regular soda. When the client feels better, offer a snack. If these interventions do not seem to be helpful, call 911.

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