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[IP] RE: Highs and Lows



Low blood sugars cause brain damage, but highs do not, correct ?
>From one who has suffered many lows and DKA twice  in first two years of
IDDM.


Comas have many causes: trauma; lack of oxygen to the brain; liver failure;
kidney failure; toxins; drug-induced (medically or otherwise), and as a
result of either high or low blood sugar.  Traditionally, "diabetic coma"
has referred to that produced by hyperglycemia.  Coma resulting from lows
has been termed "insulin shock".  Obviously, treatment approaches are
different, but the effect on the brain is similar - malfunction due to
tissue glucose levels outside the normal range.

Bottom line - both highs and lows can lead to coma.

Judith






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