When a Teen's Diabetes Becomes Life Threatening Featured
Show: Memorial Health e-Radio
Dr. Jamal Saqer
Memorial's Children's Health Guide
Being a teenager is difficult enough without also having to deal with a chronic illness. Unfortunately, many teens cope with diabetes, one of the most serious chronic health problems. The consequences of diabetes, or diabetes mellitus as it is formally called, can result in a trip to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, an acute derangement in blood chemistry caused when blood sugars are out of control. The condition can be life-threatening. Join Dr. Jamal Saqer, a board certified pediatric intensivist – and urge your diabetic teen to join in as well – to learn more about teens, diabetic ketoacidosis and how to avoid a visit to the PICU.
If your child needs immediate emergency care, call 911 or visit the emergency room at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. For more information on diabetes in children and teens, call the Children’s Clinic of Southwest Louisiana at .
A graduate of Garyonis University, Alarab Medical School in Beghazi, Libya, Dr. Jamal Saqer completed his pediatric residency at Bowman Gray School of Medicine - Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and his pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville. Dr. Saqer is board certified in pediatrics and is a pediatric critical care specialist. He is alos the medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
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