Can You Get Brain Damage From Diabetic Coma?

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Study: Glucose Byproduct May Prevent Brain Damage & Impairment After Diabetic Coma

A natural, non-toxic byproduct of glucose may prevent brain cell death and cognitive impairment in diabetics following an episode of severely low blood sugar, according to researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). In research studies with rats, senior investigator Raymond A. Swanson, MD, and lead author Sang Won Suh, PhD, demonstrated the effectiveness of pyruvate, a naturally-occurring byproduct of glucose, when administered along with glucose after 30 minutes of diabetic coma. The therapy prevented brain damage and subsequent memory and learning impairment far better than treatment with glucose alone. The study findings, appearing in the May 1, 2005 issue of Diabetes, have direct implications for the treatment of diabetic patients in hypoglycemic coma, according to the researchers. Glucose is a form of sugar that serves as the body’s primary fuel. People with diabetes lack the ability to make insulin, the primary enzyme that metabolizes glucose and regulates its levels in the blood, and must inject insulin to make up for this lack. Abnormally low blood glucose is called hypoglycemia; severe hypoglycemia can cause coma. “It’s estimated that between 2 and 1 Continue reading >>

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  1. Apina

    Prolonged diabetic coma

    Hello everyone,
    I'd like to ask you If you know anybody who was in diabetic coma for more than 1 month? Or maybe someone here has such an experience? My husband has been in coma for 33 days now and it seems that he is not getting any better. Doctors say this is very unusual and that my husband has probably severe brain damage (in deeper structures of brain). I'm still looking for some information but it seems that diabetic coma usually lasts for couple of hours or days, not weeks or months. I'm so scared that he is not going to wake up
    Sorry for my spelling, I'm not English.

  2. Flynlobird

    I'm so sorry for your husband. Get a second and third opinion on his prognosis!!

  3. Apina

    I have been talking to different doctors and all of them say that it is a brain damage for 100% and they know that the cerebral cortex and the deeper structures of his brain are damaged but they don't know how big the damage is. I just would like to know if there are people who survived such damages and came back to normal life. I know that the 100% recovery is impossible.

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