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Diabetes Killed Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia: Lessons that Were Learned

The harmful effects of heroin

Garcia also used heroin which is very dangerous to diabetes. It modifies eating habits and hormone production. Poor eating habits make it hard for the body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels even if you take medication or insulin. Harmful effects of heroin use include:

  • A brief sense of elation followed by confusions and drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Brain, lung, and liver damage
  • Damage to blood vessels, poor circulation, and bruising.

Those with diabetes are already at risk for blood vessel and organ damage, ulcers and amputations caused by circulation problems. Taking drugs like heroin or cocaine causes extensive damage to a body that is already struggling with diabetes.

Drugs counteract the effectiveness of medication and complications caused by drug use will result in a coma or death for a person with diabetes.  Every difficulty caused by illegal drugs manifested themselves in Jerry Garcia.