UPDATE: Bret Michaels in Diabetic Rehab Facility

As reported earlier in the week, rocker Bret Michaels was hospitalized earlier in the week for an emergency appendectomy. He is now being treated in a facility that specializes in rehabilitation for diabetes. His rep told People magazine:

“While the surgery went well and doctors are optimistic that the rocker will make a full recovery, the fact that he was exhausted due to his rigorous schedule prior to the surgery and coupled with the fact that he has diabetes, the surgery has taken its toll.”

Diabetics frequently need special care when they become ill or undergo surgical procedures. Having a cold, the flu, or an infection can raise a diabetic’s blood glucose levels. This can lead to serious health problems including diabetic coma if the blood glucose levels are very high.

The Risks Diabetics Face After Surgery:

  • Hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) or hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)
  • Poor wound healing, slow wound healing, weak skin and tissue at site of surgery
  • Infection, including infection of the wound, pneumonia, urinary tract infection or sepsis
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) (See story about Casey Johnson)
  • Electrolyte imbalance- A condition where electrolyte levels (sodium, potassium) rise or fall significantly, which can cause significant problems with the heart and the body’s fluid levels.

For more information:

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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