Life-Threatening Complications of Diabetes

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“And sometimes honestly, patients have had diabetes or hyperglycemia for so long and they haven't noticed it that they'll tell me, ‘Oh, this has only been happening for a few days.’ And I promise you it's been happening for longer, but it's come on so slowly that they just don't notice.”

In today’s episode, we will be talking to Dr. Alexanian who is the Director of Inpatient Diabetes Program at the Boston Medical Center, she specializes in inpatient management of diabetes. In this episode we will discuss several life-threatening complications of diabetes called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperosmolar hypoglycemic state (HHS). We will also discuss hospitals should create guidelines to manage these complications and how diabetes care has evolved over the years. 

Dr. Sara Alexanian is an Endocrinologist at Boston Medical Center, which is the largest safety-net hospital in New England.  She directs the Inpatient Diabetes program, and is also involved in quality improvement and resident education.  

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