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Diabetic Emergency

What Is Considered a Diabetic Emergency?

For three decades, millions of people invited him into their homes as he broadcast Atlanta Braves baseball to the world. Skip Caray called the plays, told stories, and was like an uncle who showed up day after day to make us smile. Skip Caray died from the complications of diabetes.

Diabetes is pretty easy to understand. The body needs glucose (or sugar) as a power source for metabolism. Insulin, a molecule made in the pancreas, acts as a key to open cell doors and allow glucose to enter cells from the bloodstream and allow the necessary power generation to happen. In healthy people, the pancreas can help regulate blood sugar levels and make certain that cells get the energy source they need. In people with diabetes, the system doesn't work; either the pancreas doesn't make any insulin, doesn't make enough insulin, or makes insulin that isn't effective. This causes blood sugar levels to rise, cells to malfunction, and the body to break down.

Last Reviewed 9/11/2017

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