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Are Old People More Likely To Die From Leg Amputations
No: As emphysema progresses patients lose their appetite, their muscle mass, and weight. Patients with severe emphysema are more likely to be very thin than very heavy. Maintaining normal body weight enables such patients to remain active and provides the best possible quality of life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No direct link but..: Even though there isn't a direct link between the two things you mentioned, diabetes is one of those conditions where it generally makes any other co existing condition that much worse. A healthy person is less likely to suffer a bad outcome from flu than a poorly controlled diabetic. ...Read more
Injury prone: People who engage in injury prone activities. ...Read more
Race and drugs 2012: Among non-hispanic whites, alcohol (44 percent) was followed by opiates (19 percent), marijuana (13 percent), Cocaine (10 percent), and stimulants (9 percent). Among non-hispanic blacks, alcohol (32 percent) was followed by Cocaine (26 percent), marijuana (22 percent), opiates (15 percent), and stimulants (1 percent).This data is based on samsha data 1997 to 2007. ...Read more
Age: Older age increases cataract formation since it's a natural aging process, plus more cellular replication over time and environmental exacerbating factors such as uv sunlight can lead to acceleration of cell division, and mutations of a susceptible lesion that can turn into cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Estimate 25K/yr: Your House of Commons in 2005 estimated that 25,000 men & women die every year from hospital acquired venous thromboembolism. So while we don't die directly from deep vein thrombosis, death can occur when blood clot breaks free & blocks blood flow in lungs eg pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, I could not determine breakdown by age http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG92/chapter/introduction. ...Read more
Possible: While too much pain specifically cannot kill someone, the physiologic reactions they undergo could cause death. For example, extreme pain can lead to a greatly increased heart rate. In susceptible people, this could lead to certain arrhythmias. Specifically from pain, no, but from physiological sequelae, yes. ...Read more
Forceful vomiting: Esophageal rupture is not very common, but can be a very big deal; can cause life threatening complications, ifection, etc. More common in forced vomiting, retching. Bulimics can be at increased risk; uncommonly can be a post procedure complication after medical/gi procedures such as passage of an ng tube, endoscopic manipulations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascular disease: Limb loss in diabetes is often from a combination of nerve damage, which causes numbness, ulcerations, or deformities; and vascular disease with impaired blood flow to the lower legs. The vascular disease is usually not limited to the legs, it is a total body problem. We see higher rates of heart attack and stroke in this group. There is more kidney disease as well. All of these reduce longevity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How old can humans live to be? Why do some people live longer than others, assuming they die of natural causes?
Longevity: Humans can live to be 100 years old or older. Do a web search for "The Blue Zone" on the internet. These are areas in the world where people consistently live longer than 100 years old. You can see the things they have in common: nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc. Your diet is very important. Stay away from processed foods. Eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits with a small amount of meat. ...Read more
Yes they are: Patients who abuse alcohol are more likely to become septic, and less likely to survive critical illness. This was demonstrated by a large study of about 11, 000 patients admitted to a denver hospital ICU over a 6 year period of time. So patients who have alcoholic cardiomyopathy share this increased risk of sepsis with other patients with an alcohol abuse history. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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