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Diabetic Ketoacidosis And Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Syndrome

In Brief Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic syndrome (HHS) are two acute complications of diabetes that can result in increased morbidity and mortality if not efficiently and effectively treated. Mortality rates are 2–5% for DKA and 15% for HHS, and mortality is usually a consequence of the underlying precipitating cause(s) rather than a result of the metabolic changes of hyperglycemia. Effective standardized treatment protocols, as well as prompt identification and treatment of the precipitating cause, are important factors affecting outcome. The two most common life-threatening complications of diabetes mellitus include diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS). Although there are important differences in their pathogenesis, the basic underlying mechanism for both disorders is a reduction in the net effective concentration of circulating insulin coupled with a concomitant elevation of counterregulatory hormones (glucagon, catecholamines, cortisol, and growth hormone). These hyperglycemic emergencies continue to be important causes of morbidity and mortality among patients with diabetes. DKA is reported to be responsible fo Continue reading >>

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    Many people have died playing video games, especially in Southeast Asia where Internet Cafés are quite popular. There are many possible medical explanations for this phenomenon, including untreated diabetes and thromboembolism.
    Why People Die Playing Video Games
    Sitting in the same position continuously for many hours can form blood clots in your legs that travel to your lungs and cause death (thromboembolism). One of the major risk factors for thromboembolism is transcontinental airline flights. For this reason, passengers are always instructed to get up and walk around every few hours during those 17-hour flights.
    People with type 1 diabetes need to take their insulin on a regular basis. Failure to take this medication can lead to fatal diabetic ketoacidosis. If someone left their medication at home and decided to wait 3 more hours in order to finish their 25-man heroic raid, it could be a fatal mistake with no hope of a bres in real life.

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