An article in the CrossFit Journal by Jason Cooper, and ICU nurse, discusses the case of a 21 year old female at death’s door from diabetes, which he argues is preventable with diet and exercise. But there is no profit for Big Pharma or in standard medical practice for preventing a disease that rakes in billions ($20B estimated sales of insulin alone by 2020)
“Cooper, you are getting a patient from the ER,” the charge nurse said.
“Cool. What do we have?”
“Twenty-one-year-old female in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). She’s critical.”
“Shit. Seriously, man?”
The patient arrived tachypneic and tachycardic, and she was the color of skim milk.
Tachypnea is a respiratory rate over 20 breaths per minute, the norm being 12-20. Tachycardia is any heart rate over 100 beats per minute, while the expected rate is 60-100.
She was breathing 30 times per minute, and her heart rate was 135,
Her blood pH was 6.8. Most humans would not be speaking with a pH of 6.8. Most would be intubated on a ventilator. The normal range is 7.35-7.45 to maintain organ function—higher or lower and the body goes into distress. Her blood was far too acidic.
Her blood glucose was 675 mg/dL, which is 554 mg/dL over normal.
Please don’t code. Please. Please, God, help me stop this.
A “code” is short for a “code blue,” which is applied to any event that leads to respiratory arrest or cardiac arrest. This young lady was about to experience both, resulting in CPR. Her gray pallor and all her other clinical symptoms let me know she was close to coding.