Bret Michaels; Did Diabetes Play a Role in Brain Hemorrhage?

Hey Everyone,

Over the weekend, rocker Bret Michaels, one of the most famous Type 1 diabetics, suffered a massive brain hemorrhage while recovering from a recent emergency appendectomy. There have been a lot of questions swirling about what role, if any, Michaels’ Type 1 diabetes played in his recent medical issues.

We ran a story about it today on Diabetes News Hound. Check it out: Bret Michaels; Did Diabetes Play a Role in Brain Hemmorhage?


It would seem like having diabetes has some role in his recent health issues. But I would bet that it is not the sole cause. I hope he recovers, I don't watch the Apprentice that much, but have caught 2 recent episodes and he was great.

Hope he gets well soon..

Poison singer Bret Michaels is in "positive spirits", despite being diagnosed with a side effect relating to the recent haemorrhage he suffered.


The news reports are stating a setback for Bret Michaels that may put him at risk for seizures.

In fact it appears that he was diagnosed with hyponatremia, a condition that is considered to be relatively common in hospitalized patients.

Here is a full description from, a section that was adapted from the work of Steven C. Schachter, MD, a professor at Harvard Medical School.

"Hyponatremia is relatively common in hospitalized patients. It occurs when an imbalance between the intake and excretion of water results in excess water relative to sodium. This imbalance may be the consequence of impaired water excretion or fluid intake that exceeds the excretory capacity of the kidneys (as in primary polydipsia6 or iatrogenic administration7)"

"Symptoms include:11,12

  • nausea and malaise (earliest symptoms)
  • headache
  • confusion
  • lethargy
  • obtundation [reduced alertness]
  • muscle twitching
  • seizures (partial or generalized tonic-clonic)"