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Candy Made With Dextrose
Dextrose: We use that to treat diabetics with hypoglycemic reactions. Also, starving kids with diarrhea and vomiting. There is no reason that anyone that can eat should use it--unless you want to sweeten your coffee. ...Read more
Energy: Dextrose or glucose, another name for the same molecule is used as a primary energy source by the body. Its breakdown to pyruvate gives rise the high energy products ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and nadh (reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). These provide power for the various metabolic needs of the cells. ...Read more
No but . . .: Avoiding alcohol & other mind altering medications will prevent you from being intoxicated. Yeah, I know, not the answer you wanted but hey, the truth sometimes hurts. With that said, having some (fatty) food in your stomach when you imbibe might slow down its absorption such that you're less likely to get drunk but you need to know your limit. Besides no benefit from exceeding 2 drinks/d in men. ...Read more
Dextrose: There is no need to take dextrose, sugars are in everything you eat. Creatine is just a weight builders hype. You spent a lot of money when you could have had a good steak instead. Eat and enjoy what your body needs to pound yourself to death the next day. I am an experienced marathoner and triathelete. ...Read more
No: It is high caloric, low-to-no nutritional value empty calories. It is no better than a candy bar or soda-pop. If your child runs a half-marathon or more daily, it may be indicated to replenish depleted stores of electrolytes and sugars, but otherwise it is not good for children. It was designed with high-power college athletes in mind, not little kids playing around in the back yard. ...Read more
IV insulin: A diabetic whose glu is 1000 is usually someone who is very ill and in the hospital, and this person will likely get IV insulin. Dextrose is glucose, and would not be given. However, once the Insulin lowers the glucose to about 150-200 the hospital doctors may want to continue the Insulin but then give extra glucose with the Insulin to reverse the abnormal metabolic condition, the acidosis. ...Read more
Depends: Some patients with dehydration also have low glucose and might need some IV infusion. In adults, we usually infuse D50 or D25, just enough to increase the glucose and usually does not affect the red cells. In Neonates and small infants we can give D5(5%) that also do not affect the red cells. If you give a large amount of D5 it can decrease the osmolarity of the blood and cause damage to red cell ...Read more
When is dextrose vs normal saline IV fluids given to patients? What's, diff. Significance of each fluid?
Sugar vs salt: Saline by itself is used to keep blood volume up. It doesn't contain any nutrients, unlike dextrose, which is essentially glucose. Every cell in the body depends on glucose for fuel. It may be given alone, though often it's combined with other solutions containing various concentrations of sodium and sometimes potassium as well as whatever else might be needed. ...Read more
Co worker spilled a little dextrose 50% 50ml. I got some on my arm and didn't notice for a fee minutes. Can this absorb through skin?
68 year-old female just told I have dextrose convex scoliosis. What can be done about it?? This the first time I have ever been told this
Depends: Many people will develop a mild degree of scoliosis in their lifetime. The most common period is during the rapid growth years. Sometimes it is a transient finding in people with short term back pain. When growth stops, and the degree of curve does not interfere with breathing or the circulation, not much is considered necessary. When it's bad they can stick steel rods down the sides of the spine ...Read more