Can Diabetes Kill You

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Diabetes And Heart Health

by Paula S. Yutzy, RN, BSPA, CDE Two out of three diabetics will die from a heart attack or stroke, which means cardiovascular disease is more likely to kill you than any other complication of diabetes. I was dismayed to learn that in a recent survey of people with diabetes, many did not even identify cardiovascular disease as a complication of diabetes. Yet your risk, just by having diabetes, is very high. You need to know how to stay on top of this threat to your health. Understanding your test results for what I call the “Three Musketeers” of cardiovascular disease is a must for all diabetics and their caregivers. I encourage you to find a way to be physically active and watch your diet as well. These steps will help you reduce your risks from cardiovascular disease. The Three Musketeers I call these three factors the “Three Musketeers” because where you find one, you often find the others. You need to know them by their descriptions and their numbers. High Blood Sugar You know that you need to pay attention to the amount of glucose in your blood. The A1c test indicates your average blood sugar level over the preceding two or three months. The name comes from the fact th Continue reading >>

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  1. hanadr

    I keep reading about how dangerous a hypo is, and I've dealth with many with T1 husband, but I cannot find any figures on how often someone actually dies from this.

  2. sugarless sue

    Some research estimates that between four and 13 percent of the deaths of people with type I diabetes are the result of hypoglycemic events. "What's worrisome about these deaths is that they are due to the treatment," says Philip Cryer, MD, FACP president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
    One especially frightening possibility for people on insulin that may be the result of severe hypoglycemia is what the journal Diabetic Medicine referred to in 1991 as "dead in bed syndrome." Victims of the syndrome are found dead in an undisturbed bed, observed to have been in good health the day before and are free from evidence of late diabetes complications.
    As is the case with accidents, it is very hard to determine if these deaths are the result of hypoglycemia. Researchers in the U.K. note, however, that the timings of the deaths and other circumstantial evidence suggests that hypoglycemia or a hypoglycemic event is responsible.
    There are major problems with diagnosing hypoglycemia after death (see page 18). Cryer explains that testing the blood sugar of someone found dead after an accident or mysterious death that appears to be the result of hypoglycemia "is of zero value." He explains that the body will continue to process glucose for some time after death. As a result, the BG of a person after death will most likely not be an accurate reflection of their BG prior to death.
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  3. hanadr

    I found the "dead in bed" stuff, but I still haven't got any confirmed figures.
    As an aside, My friend's 27 year old son died suddnly one Sunday morning , after going back to bed from the bathroom. He didn't have diabetes, but a rare thing called Barter's syndrome, which is an error of potassium control.
    It was devastating. He was such a delightful young man.

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