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Re: [IP] Re: diabetic comas



Coma is high blood sugars out of control with ketossis
unconscious do to low blood sugars. being in a coma is different than 
being unconscious

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>Well then what is it called when u loose consciousness because your blood
>sugar is to low?  I though a "diabetic coma" was that you loose
>consciousness because you blood sugar was to low.
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Tom Beatson [mailto:email @ redacted] 
>Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 4:00 PM
>To: Insulin Pumpers
>Subject: [IP] Re: diabetic comas
>
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>It seems to me that the community of diabetics has distorted the 
>original meaning of "diabetic coma", and apparently the medical 
>community is letting them get away with it. I started out with a 
>legitimate diabetic coma in 1942 so I've been there. I was taught that 
>diabetic coma is unconsciousness due to very high ketones and very 
>abnormal chemistry along with very high blood sugar. Unconsciousness 
>due to very low blood sugar is very different, and requires very 
>different treatment. By referring to unconsciousness due to low blood 
>sugar as "diabetic coma" or "coma", you guys are just helping to 
>confuse the rest of the world, and making it more difficult for 
>diabetics to get the treatment they really need. If you persist in 
>calling unconsciousness due to low BG a "coma", I refuse to go along 
>with the confusion.
>
>Tom Beatson
>dx 12/1942, 506 1995, 508 2000
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