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B.B. King Suffering From Diabetes-Related Dehydration

For the second time within a week, a famous musician has been hospitalized stated infomoney.com. This time the musician in question was famous blues guitarist B.B. King, who entered a Las Vegas hospital on Monday, according to his daughter, Claudette. Unlike the previous week when singer Joni Mitchell was rushed to the hospital, the reason for King’s hospitalization was immediately publicized. King’s daughter indicated that the 89-year-old legend was suffering from diabetes-related dehydration. King has had Type II diabetes for more than 20 years. Individuals suffering from diabetes have an increased chance of dehydration because higher blood glucose levels lead to decreased hydration in the body. In diabetics, the kidneys tend to remove excess glucose from the blood and excrete this as urine. this condition also results in excessive thirst as the body tends to replace needed water. Other symptoms of dehydration include headache, dry mouth and dry eyes, dizziness and tiredness. Symptoms of excessive dehydration occur when individuals suffer low blood pressure, sunken, eyes, confusion and lethargy. Last October, King was forced to cancel eight shows after he became ill during a show at the House of Blues in Chicago. At that time, he was also diagnosed with dehydration as well as exhaustion. King, and his trademark guitar, Lucille, played more than 300 live shows per year until this past decade when he reduced that number to approximately 100.

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