A 16-year-old teenager in eastern China ended up fighting for his life after being diagnosed with blood sugar levels 20 times higher than that of the average person.
The alleged cause for his abnormal sugar intake was a daily of of boba tea, among other sugary drinks and food.
The boy, identified as “Xiao Ying,” usually had a good appetite in his home of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
However, one day he started feeling extraordinarily thirsty, restless, and nauseous, which led to vomiting.
Xiao, who then lost consciousness, was rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital, where it was found that his blood sugar hit a whopping 124 mmol/L (millimoles per liter).
That’s at least 20 times higher than that of an average person’s, which fall between 3.9 and 6.1 mmol/L, according to Qianjiang Evening News.
Xiao, who weighed 100 kilograms (220 pounds), reportedly suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication where the body breaks down fat too quickly, often as a result of its failure to use glucose, or blood sugar, as a source of energy.
Doctors pointed out that diabetic ketoacidosis is extremely difficult to manage and Xiao’s prognosis was grim.
Xiao was eventually transferred to the intensive care unit.
According to his parents, Xiao consumed milk tea, soda, barbecue, and other fried food on a daily basis, and most of the time, was still left hungry.
Fortunately, doctors managed to save Xiao’s life, but the middle school student was officially diagnosed with Type II diabetes.
Xiao reportedly promised to exercise and watch his diet following the terrifying ordeal.
In 2018, the World Health Organization described China’s diabetes rate as “explosive,” with almost 10% or 110 million adults living with the condition.
Among adolescents in Zhejiang, a 2017 study found 392 new cases (210 boys and 182 girls) of Type 2 diabetes in youth aged 5 to 19 — a “steep rising incidence” with an average annual increase of 26.6% in those aged 10 to 19.
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