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Woman Kills Herself By Insulin Overdose

Woman Kills Herself By Insulin Overdose

I LOVE you were the last words a diabetic woman wrote in a suicide note to her step-daughter before killing herself with an insulin overdose. Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email I LOVE you were the last words a diabetic woman wrote in a suicide note to her step-daughter before killing herself with an insulin overdose. Andrea Smith had already tried to kill herself once with an insulin overdose in the months leading up to her death, aged 45, on August 8 last year, Aberdare Coroners Court was told. She had attempted to take her own life in May 2008 with insulin and tablets, which had led to her month-long admission to Royal Glamorgan Hospitals psychiatric ward. In a statement read to the court, step-daughter Susan Davies said that on that occasion she had found her step-mother sitting grey-faced on the bed with eight empty insulin pens by her side. She said that I had caught her in time but that next time I would not be so lucky, said Susan. She had called into her step-mothers home at Cae Glas, Penrhiwfer, Tonypandy, after concerned neighbours contacted her to say the cat was crying outside and had been there for some time, which was unusual. Andrea, a cashier at a local petrol station, was discharged in June and was under the care of a crisis team who made several visits a week. The court heard she had a history of depression for which she was receiving medication, and stomach problems and was receiving treatment for a hernia. She had become depressed following her mothers death in 2005 and was also upset because her dog had died and she had taken it badly. Susan said she was in regular touch with Andrea. She said that her step-mother and father had not been getting on well and on the Tuesday before the death he had taken his wife to work for the night sh Continue reading >>

Insulin Poisoning With Suicidal Intent

Insulin Poisoning With Suicidal Intent

Go to: A 27-year-old paramedical personnel without any comorbidities, working as an assistant in the operation theater, was found to be drowsy and drenched in sweat with bradycardia (34 beats/min) and hypotension (80/50 mm of Hg). She was immediately shifted to ICU. She was pale and there was no cyanosis, icterus, clubbing, lymphadenopathy, or any evidence of external injury. Temperature was 99.0°F, with a respiratory rate of 20/min and cold peripheries. Pupils were bilateral 3 mm, reactive to light, and oculocephalic reflex was preserved. Deep tendon reflexes were brisk and plantars were flexor. Meningeal signs were absent. Her systemic examination was unremarkable. An electrocardiogram showed sinus bradycardia. Atropine was given intravenously and normal saline infusion started. Blood pressure remained low which prompted initiation of norepinephrine drip. Capillary blood glucose (CBG) was 35 mg/dL, hence 50 mL of 50% dextrose bolus was given and 5% dextrose infusion started. Her neurological status started deteriorating and she rapidly lapsed into coma, 90 minutes from her initial presentation. At this stage, pupils were bilateral 2 mm and nonreactive, with loss of occulocephalic reflex and dysconjugate deviation of eye. She continued to have bradycardia and hypotension. Repeat CBG was 32 mg/dL and bolus of 50 mL 50% dextrose was repeated. No history could be gathered regarding the preceding events. At this stage, in addition to malaria, encephalitis, cerebrovascular accident, exogenous insulin administration was considered as another staff detected one empty vial of insulin. Blood samples were drawn for glucose, insulin, and c-peptide. Patient had an episode of generalized tonic clonic seizure which was treated with intravenous lorazepam 4 mg. Again a bolus of 50 mL Continue reading >>

How Serious Is Type 2 Diabetes? Is It More Serious Than Type 1 Diabetes?

How Serious Is Type 2 Diabetes? Is It More Serious Than Type 1 Diabetes?

A fellow caregiver asked... How serious is type 2 diabetes, and is it less or more serious than type 1 diabetes? My mom, just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, keeps it under control without taking insulin. So is type 2 diabetes less of a problem than insulin-dependent type 1? Expert Answers No, definitely not. In fact, in some ways type 2 diabetes is a more serious disorder because your mom may have had it for years before she was diagnosed. So she may well have developed some of the long-term, debilitating complications linked to the condition without knowing it. In addition, since type 2 diabetes is a progressive disorder without a cure, over time her body may not be able to produce insulin or use it as well as it does now, and she may wind up needing insulin injections or pills. A person with type1 diabetes ignores it for a day at his own peril. He'll likely end up in the emergency room because his body can't absorb glucose without a continuous supply of insulin via injection or an insulin pump. People with type 1 diabetes typically develop such severe symptoms over a short time in childhood or early adulthood that they're forced to deal with it. Type 2 diabetes is a sneakier condition: Its harmful health effects can slowly build for years until full-blown complications, such as vision loss, heart disease, or foot problems, make it impossible to ignore. Plus it often comes with its own set of problems. For instance, people with type 2 diabetes are frequently diagnosed with high blood pressure and cholesterol along with high blood sugar. This damaging threesome can lead to progressive thickening of the arteries and reduced blood flow, putting your mom at greater risk for a slew of complications including heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage. If your mom is overweigh Continue reading >>

Nurse 'injected Her Non-diabetic Mother With A Potentially Lethal Dose Of Insulin'

Nurse 'injected Her Non-diabetic Mother With A Potentially Lethal Dose Of Insulin'

Nurse Julia Knight (pictured) is accused of attempting to murder her mother by giving her a lethal injection of insulin A nurse injected her non-diabetic mother with a potentially lethal dose of insulin in her hospital bed because she didn't want her to be discharged from hospital, a court heard today. Julia Knight wept on the stand as she said she wanted to make her 81-year-old mother a 'bit poorly' so medical staff would see that she was too ill to go home. Elderly Irene Robson had been admitted to hospital after suffering a fall at her home but later fell unconscious and was left foaming at the mouth after her blood sugar levels plummeted to fatal levels. After doctors saved her life, they discovered that she had been injected with insulin, usually used to treat type 1 diabetes, which had caused the hypoglycaemic attack. Knight, aged 56 years, admits forging a prescription for the insulin and injecting her mother at her bedside at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on October 7, 2014. However she denies trying to murder her mother and told jurors she only wanted to make Ms Robson have a 'blip' so that she would not be discharged prematurely. Her mother had been in and out of hospital after her health deteriorated following treatment for leukaemia, and later a brain haemorrhage and a series of falls, the court heard. With a trembling voice, Knight told jurors: 'I had been concerned about mum coming home, I needed to do something that would make them sit up and see that she wasn't well. 'They were going to send her home again with no care package, with no thought to her health failing. 'I wanted her to be a little bit poorly, just to have a bit of a blip, so they would sit up and take notice and think "we cannot send this lady home so soon".' After c Continue reading >>

Double-dosing: How Taking Insulin Could Have Killed Me

Double-dosing: How Taking Insulin Could Have Killed Me

I panicked. Just around midnight. Minutes after I took my once nightly injection of my long-acting insulin. Had I taken my once nightly shot, twice? Like others with type 1 diabetes who don’t use an insulin pump, I take what’s called MDI. Multiple Daily Injections. I take an injection of rapid-acting insulin before meals and snacks to lower the rise of my blood sugar produced from carbohydrates. I also take an injection of long-acting insulin once a day for the background metabolic functions that require insulin. For years I took this once daily injection at 9 AM. But when I switched my long-acting insulin, from Lantus to Toujeo recently, taking Toujeo at night seemed to work better for me. Now I take it every evening at 9 PM. Yet, this habit isn’t really fully formed yet. It was easier to take my once-a-day insulin in the morning. I’d take it at the same time I took my rapid-acting insulin to cover breakfast. But there is nothing to remind me to take my 9 PM injection. So I’ve written it onto my computer calendar. It’s there in the box every day. Well, every night. Of course this does require me to be behind my computer at 9 PM to see the calendar alert. Sadly, I usually am, but that’s another story. Last night, though, from 8 to 10 PM I was watching a movie on my iPad sitting on the couch. Chances are my calendar alert came up on my iPad but, watching the movie and intermittently Facebooking a friend, I likely didn’t see it. Yes, the horrible dopamine of social media and multi-tasking had kidnapped my diabetes-tasking-mind. But I was trying to do a good deed. My “friend” had asked, “How do I adjust my long-acting insulin for flying to Germany?” Of course this should have reminded me to take my own insulin injection. And, maybe I had. That was t Continue reading >>

Do Carbs Cause Diabetes And Kill You?

Do Carbs Cause Diabetes And Kill You?

It just keeps coming. Even though science has never vilified a macro-nutrient as the direct cause of diabetes, some less than ethical individuals continue new approaches to get the public to move away from carbs, and toward fat. Why? you ask? Money. If you’re turned off by conspiracy talk, well … after reading this article, you won’t be able to come to a better conclusion than – money. They do call it “The Bottom Line”. We see empirical data that Low-fat diets don’t lead to diabetes, and studies show Low-fat diet’s seeming to reverse diabetes while consumption of carbs are high. But don’t low-CARB diets do the same? How can that be? Well of course if you remove carbs, blood sugar won’t be high. And these Low-carb guru’s hope you don’t learn any more than that. But humans are supposed to have blood sugar, and insulin is there to keep it at a certain level. They’re ignoring Nature We’re supposed to eat carbs. They’re in every natural food on Earth. Even the Inventor of the Glycemic index recommends veganism. Obesity, diabetes, etc, is mostly caused by putting carbs WITH fat in a diet, which nature doesn’t do with any food. Refined carbs are worse. The reason carbs and fat are both maligned AND defended is they’re bad TOGETHER! People with candida and diabetes who started a high-fruit low-fat diet, CURED it. The key is low-fat (according to experts like Neal Barnard, M.D. , and Dr Graham) The reason diabetes happens: Too much fat in the blood blocks insulin receptors from taking glucose out of the blood – leading to prolonged high levels of blood glucose, which prolongs insulin production. Because glucose can’t leave the bloodstream, the pancreas continues to create redundant insulin. Nature shouldn’t be maligned just because humans Continue reading >>

Kenneth Barlow: The First Documented Case Of Murder By Insulin

Kenneth Barlow: The First Documented Case Of Murder By Insulin

On the morning of 4 May 1957, just after 2 am, Dr David Price, a forensic pathologist, was called to the home of Elizabeth and Kenneth Barlow in a residential suburb of Bradford, Yorkshire. The story was that Kenneth Barlow had discovered his wife unconscious in the bath at about 11.20 pm the previous night and called his own doctor, who diagnosed her as dead. Kenneth, a 38-year-old state registered nurse, was unemployed. He had married Elizabeth 11 months earlier and was, to all outward appearances, living happily with her and his 10-year-old son by his first wife. According to Kenneth, Elizabeth had had tea at about 5 pm on the day of her death. Shortly afterwards she announced that she was tired, and went to bed. When Kenneth came to bed at about 9.30 pm he found that Elizabeth had vomited on the bed. Together they changed the sheets. She put on some pyjamas but took them off because she said she felt too warm and decided to take a bath. Kenneth lay on the bed and went to sleep at about 9.45 pm to the sound of the bath running. When he woke up at around 11.20 pm Elizabeth had not returned to bed. When he went into the bathroom he found her submerged beneath the water. He tried to lift her out but did not have the strength to do so. Nevertheless, he held her head above the water until all the water had run out of the tub. He said he then tried artificial respiration by ‘pressing on her abdomen’ as he was unable to lift her from the bath. Only after this was unsuccessful did he run next door to his neighbours, who had a telephone, and ask them to call a doctor. The family doctor arrived 10 minutes later and found Elizabeth in the empty bath in a position simulating natural sleep. He did not touch her beyond ascertaining that she was dead. With such an unexpected de Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Depression: A Toxic Combo For Suicide

Diabetes And Depression: A Toxic Combo For Suicide

Diabetes and Suicide More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, diabetes, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. It is the 2nd leading cause of death in kids aged 10-24 and the 4th leading cause of death of people aged 25-54. Depression, especially when combined with other disorders and diseases, can make you feel like your back is against the wall with no moves left to make with a feeling of hopelessness, sparking suicidal thoughts. Add the burden of diabetes, the (at times) seemingly impossible management, health care costs, and a slew of other problems brought on by diabetes, depression can really cloud better judgment in both kids and adults struggling with the disease. After looking into suicide rates in the Type 1 diabetes community, I was speechless in what I found. Depression and Diabetes: A Toxic Combo for Suicide Ask anyone with the condition—Diabetes management is a grueling process that requires 100% attention to detail, day in and day out. There is no downtime. No breaks. From endless medication administration to restrictive food choices to the blood sugar roller coasters that occur to diabetic complications like blindness, heart and kidney failure, and limb amputation, are all occurrences that people who are non-diabetics don’t have to deal with. It can be very frustrating and depressing— especially if you don’t know many other people who can empathize or relate. The link between diabetes and suicide is depression. Roughly 16 percent of the general population experience depression, but the percentage is nearly doubled for diabetics as seen in a meta-analysis reviewing 39 studies with a combined total of 20,218 subjects. “Mortality rates in people who have both diabetes and de Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia And

Hypoglycemia And "insulin Shock"

Significantly, the most common problem diabetics experience today is not "high blood sugar" but "low blood sugar!" Diabetes medications are powerful but imprecise, and today's blood glucose testing cannot always guarantee you'll stay out of "too low." The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, completed in 1993, proved that the major diabetes complications: retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, and diabetic heart disease, all follow elevated blood glucose. Diabetics who keep their numbers down cut the risk of complications. But in the rush to cut blood glucose, and keep it down, sometimes we fall too far. Why is immaterial: missed meals, improper medication dosage, departure from scheduling, abnormal exercise, consumption of alcohol, stress, or even "no reason in particular." Sometimes the numbers just drop too far. What happens next? A person going into a "low" can appear to be drunk. They can sweat, talk confused, become disoriented, stumble, lose their bearings, become aggressive, even "feisty," sometimes obscene, or pass out... But they're NOT drunk— and it is no fun they're having. The brain isn't getting the nourishment it needs, and the person can't function. Depending on severity, and depending on the individual, the person can be light-headed, unconscious, comatose... or dead. A hypoglycemic event is an emergency, and intervention is necessary. When You're Low: You have two lines of defense. One is your schedule. Know what your body needs, and keep to it! Take your medications on time, eat the right amount on time, and get the appropriate exercise—on time. The second line is your blood glucose monitor. The more you test, the better idea you have about where your sugars are. If your numbers are dropping dangerously, your monitor will reveal it. This means Continue reading >>

Hackers Can Make Your Pacemaker Or Your Insulin Pump Kill You – And The Nhs Needs To Respond To That Threat

Hackers Can Make Your Pacemaker Or Your Insulin Pump Kill You – And The Nhs Needs To Respond To That Threat

In one sense we can be grateful to the hackers who launched the WannaCry virus which led to one of the most devastating cyber attacks on the NHS to date. It proved that cyber-security is not just about keeping data safe. It is about keeping patients safe. This is often missing from discussions about cyber-security. The investigation by the National Audit Office, published on Friday, revealed that the NHS was much harder hit than at first thought, with more than one in three NHS trusts affected, 19,000 appointments cancelled and almost 600 GP practices disrupted. It could have been worse. If the attack had happened on a Monday at the start of the week rather than, as it happened, on a Friday, far more patients would have been affected. It was only stopped when 22-year-old cyber-security researcher Marcus Hutchins stumbled on a “kill switch” which he activated from his bedroom in Devon, disabling the virus. It was not the first time the NHS has succumbed to an attack – and it will not be the last. Hundreds of operations and outpatient appointments were cancelled across Lincolnshire in 2016 after the local NHS trust fell victim to a virus. Freedom of Information requests to NHS trusts in 2015-16 revealed that as many as half were hit by ransomware in the preceding year. And this week hackers targeted the London Bridge Plastic Surgery clinic and its celebrity client list and threatened to release photos of the procedures undertaken. Healthcare is one of the most targeted sectors globally by cyber-criminals for two simple reasons: it is a rich source of data and a soft target. Medical records are worth more than credit card details on the dark web because they contain personal identifying details that can be used to open bank accounts, obtain loans or acquire a passpor Continue reading >>

Charlie Dunne Died Of Insulin Overdose After Injecting Herself With Diabetic Boyfriend's Pen

Charlie Dunne Died Of Insulin Overdose After Injecting Herself With Diabetic Boyfriend's Pen

A teenage girl who died after injecting herself with insulin may have taken it to try to lose weight. Charlie Dunne, 19, used an insulin pen belonging to her diabetic boyfriend while he was out at a hospital appointment. An inquest heard the trainee hairdresser may have taken the hormone previously after hearing that it could help slimmers. Miss Dunne with boyfriend Terence Rhoden. He found the teenager unconscious on the living room floor of their home after he returned from hospital and realised she had taken his insulin But the teenager, who was fit and healthy, would have been unaware of the catastrophic danger the drug posed to non-diabetics, a coroner said. Miss Dunne was discovered collapsed at the home in Atherton, Greater Manchester, she shared with boyfriend Terence Rhoden, 28, when he returned hours later. Loss: Charlie Dunne, 19, injected herself with an insulin pen belonging to diabetic boyfriend Terence Rhoden. She died in hospital a few days later She suffered brain damage caused by a dramatic drop in blood sugar and died in hospital six days later. Police later investigated claims by Miss Dunnes family that Mr Rhoden had confessed to injecting her with insulin in the past to help her lose weight. But he denied doing so and officers found no evidence that he was involved in his girlfriends death. Bolton Coroners Court was told that bubbly Miss Dunne was a regular at her local Methodist church, where she was given the community title of rose queen for her charity fundraising. However, the inquest was told she suffered mood swings and had tried to overdose on tablets during a previous relationship. She also claimed to have suffered a miscarriage and was worried she could not have children, despite a lack of medical evidence to support her fears. The court Continue reading >>

2 Businessmen Kill Selves With Insulin Overdose

2 Businessmen Kill Selves With Insulin Overdose

PUNE: Two diabetic patients from city killed themselves with an overdose of insulin at a hotel in Chiplun in Ratnagiri district late on Friday night. The suicide note left behind states that they could not cope with the severe financial loss and that no one should be held responsible for their death. The deceased were identified as Mahesh Vijay Kulkarni (42) from Patwardhan Baugh area in Erandawane and Milind Panditrao Pujari (44), who stayed near Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital, also in Erandawane Kulkarni and Pujari together were running a business in commodities for over two decades. They had left for Chiplun, around 230 km from here, on Thursday and checked in a hotel around 8pm. Sachin Ingole, assistant inspector of the Chiplun police station, told TOI over phone that around 12.20 am on Friday, one of the victims sought medical help from the hotel's receptionist. The hotel staff rushed to the room and repeatedly rang the door bell, but no one responded. The staff later managed to open the door with the help of a spare key. They were shocked to see both of them lying unconscious on their respective beds. The hotel manager immediately alerted the police and the duo was rushed to a nearby private hospital. The doctors declared Pujari dead on arrival at the hospital, while Kulkarni, who was in an unconscious state, was immediately taken to another hospital. He died while undergoing treatment at the hospital around 6am on Saturday. Four insulin syringes of 3 ml each and the suicide note were recovered from the room. Ingole said the note was written and signed by the deceased in Marathi said that they had committed suicide because they had suffered a severe financial loss in the commodity business. It further read that no one should be held responsible for their death. "Pr Continue reading >>

Always Hungry? How To Kill Your Sugar Addiction Before It Kills You.

Always Hungry? How To Kill Your Sugar Addiction Before It Kills You.

Always hungry? Do you have a hard time skipping a meal? Are you craving sweetness after every meal? Are you fighting with skin problems such as acne or skin tags? Have you gained weight recently? Love handles perhaps? Is your energy at an all-time low? Or have you lost hair, libido or satiation? If you said yes to two or more of the questions above, chances are you‘re developing a sugar addiction. Don’t worry; it’s not your fault! I know you’re not putting sugar cubes in your mouth. But sugars are hiding in bread, milk, tomato sauce, drinks, and pasta too! We’re biologically wired to crave sweetness, and with so much sugar around these days, we’re bound to get trapped in its shackles. After a chronic consumption of high sugar and fast carbs, your body thinks it’s become dependent on sweetness to function but just doesn’t metabolize it anymore. Excess sugar makes your cells insulin resistant: sugar can no longer enter your cells and is stored as fat instead. No need to panic just yet! Everything our body does is a way to protect itself or prepare itself for a difficult situation. You do have the power to reverse the effects of chronic sugar consumption before it is too late! How A Healthy Body Works: A Beautiful Energy Factory What Is Sugar? You find sugars in carbohydrates. We can classify carbohydrates into “simple” and “complex”. Simple Carbohydrates: The most basic units of carbohydrates are monosaccharides, such as glucose and fructose (fruit sugars). These simple sugars immediately enter the bloodstream via the gut cells because of their singular molecular structure. Table sugar is sucrose. Together with maltose and lactose, they fall in the carb category as disaccharides. Your body needs to split disaccharides into singular fructose- and gl Continue reading >>

Suicide By Insulin?

Suicide By Insulin?

HealthDay Reporter typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns. People with the blood sugar disease tend to suffer higher rates of depression, the researchers explained. And suicide or suicide attempts using insulin or other diabetes medications that lower blood sugar levels may not always be an easy-to-spot attempt at self-harm, they added. "Some suicides with insulin are likely missed in people with diabetes, just as [suicide may be missed] in people without diabetes using other medications or after a car accident. Could a suicide using insulin be missed? Absolutely," said Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the body. Its job is to help usher the sugar from foods into the body's cells to provide fuel for those cells. But insulin is also a complex medication. People with type 1 diabetes no longer make enough insulin and must give themselves insulin to stay alive. People with type 2 diabetes don't use insulin efficiently -- this is called insulin resistance -- and eventually don't make enough insulin to keep up with the body's demands. At this point, people with type 2 diabetes also need to take insulin. Insulin can be given by multiple injections every day or via an insulin pump. Insulin pumps deliver insulin through a small tube that's inserted under the skin. The site of the insulin pump must be changed every few days. But once the tube is in, someone who uses an insulin pump only needs to push a few buttons to deliver a dose of insulin. However, getting the right amount of insulin is no easy task. Many factors affect the body's need for insulin. Exercise decreases the need. F Continue reading >>

Insulin Overdose | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Insulin Overdose | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community recently saw a program (fictional) where a man was attempting sucicide by overdosing on 3 ampules of insulin. Just curious as to whether this has any basis in reality. If it does is this programme irrisponsible as it may give viewers ideas they might not otherwise have had. It is certainly a possibility! Especially if they do not happen to be a diabetic.There have been one or two cases of murder where insulin has been used and as it is a natural body substance,very difficult to detect.However it is not the sort of thing you can just buy over the counter from the chemist. You need quite a lot of insulin to overcome the liver's sugar dump and glucagon reactions in a non-diabetic, but then you can kill with an injection of air to the bloodstream, that's why you have to clear bubbles from syringes and pens. Thereare loads of things that can kill. Like in the Omen when the nanny killed Damiens mum, injecting air into her arm. There was the story line in Corrie a couple of years ago when the diabetic girl smashed all here insulin and ate tons of sugar and slipped into a coma and died, This is completely true, 4 years ago i tried ending my life by overdosing on insulin, i am a type 1 diabetic, and ended up putting myself in a coma. if it wasnt for the fast action of my mum and the hospital stuff, i wouldnt be here today. it was a bad chapter in my life, and thankfully its over now, but the dangers of overdosing on insulin, whether intentional or not, if a very real thing. sorry if i dampen anyones mood! an insulin overdose can not only kill it could also leave some one brain damaged Psychiatrists used to induce diabetic comas in schizophrenic patients using Continue reading >>

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