Learning about Diabetes, Part II

by Riva Preil If too much glucose builds up in the bloodstream, a very dangerous condition known as ketoacidosis may develop. The symptoms of this condition include breath that smells like acetone, fast and heavy Kussmaul breathing pattern, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and possibly even altered states of consciousness (ex. coma). Glucose accumulation in the …

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November is American Diabetes Month

By Riva Preil November marks American Diabetes Month, and is therefore an appropriate time to discuss Diabetes Mellitus (DM).  DM was first described in an Egyptian manuscript in 1500 BCE as a disease associated with increased urination (polyuria), and in fact the very name “diabetes,” which means “to pass through” was first used by the …

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