Why does death result from any situation that prevents a person from breathing?

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    Glycolysis requires oxygen in order to produce ATP, so lack of oxygen prevents cells from making sufficient ATP.
    Oxygen is needed for cellular respiration, so lack of oxygen prevents cells from making sufficient ATP for essential cellular functions. Cells die as a result, eventually leading to death of the individual.
    Oxygen is necessary for both fermentation reactions and cellular respiration. so lack of oxygen prevents cells from making sufficient ATP.

asked May 30, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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Oxygen is needed for cellular respiration, so lack of oxygen prevents cells from making sufficient ATP for essential cellular functions. Cells die as a result, eventually leading to death of the individual.
answered May 31, 2013 by Bioshare ~Top Expert~ (34,070 points)

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