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why does severe diabetes cause a coma?

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Dr. Stuart Seigel
Endocrinology 13 years experience
Dehydration: When sugar levels get so high it leads to dehydration and increase osmolarity of the blood. That means the blood thickens. This draws water and electrolytes out of the organs including the brain. That eventually can lead to coma. The key to treating the patient with high sugar and high osmolarity is fluids and electrolyte replacement followed eventually and gradually by insulin.

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