Does Ketoacidosis Happen To All Diabetics

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic Ketoacidosis Definition Diabetic ketoacidosis is a dangerous complication of diabetes mellitus in which the chemical balance of the body becomes far too acidic. Description Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) always results from a severe insulin deficiency. Insulin is the hormone secreted by the body to lower the blood sugar levels when they become too high. Diabetes mellitus is the disease resulting from the inability of the body to produce or respond properly to insulin, required by the body to convert glucose to energy. In childhood diabetes, DKA complications represent the leading cause of death, mostly due to the accumulation of abnormally large amounts of fluid in the brain (cerebral edema). DKA combines three major features: hyperglycemia, meaning excessively high blood sugar kevels; hyperketonemia, meaning an overproduction of ketones by the body; and acidosis, meaning that the blood has become too acidic. Insulin deficiency is responsible for all three conditions: the body glucose goes largely unused since most cells are unable to transport glucose into the cell without the presence of insulin; this condition makes the body use stored fat as an alternative source instead Continue reading >>

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  1. cynbish3

    I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and they tested My blood levels. My A1C was 12. something. I know that is not good at all. Is there anyone who has had readings like this and got their A1C back to normal? I need information that will help me get mine down to normal. I am now taking Lantus and Novolog. I am also on Metformin 2 pills twice a day. I want to reverse this and get off the meds. I am 41 years old 5 ft tall and 172lbs.

  2. brendacshiver

    Yes!! My A1C at diagnosis was 12.9. I basically decided I was "allergic" to white flour, sugar, white rice, white pasta....went on a 1200 calorie a day diabetic diet and exercise AT LEAST 35 minutes a day 5 days a week. My A1C is now 5.1. I DO take 1000mg of Metformin a day. But it CAN be done!!!!:happy:
    I have lost 62 pounds and have dropped 7 sizes!
    Good luck! You can do it too!!!

  3. cwrig

    When I was diagnosed my A1C was 9.2
    3 months later is was 5.0
    So; yes it can be done. A1C is basically your BG average over the last 3 months (the life of your blood cells). So you can predict your A1C over 3 months by frequently testing your BG. The rule of thumb is to not let your BG spike to or over 140 1 to 2 hours after a meal; and shoot for 100 or lower before meals or fasting. If you do this consistently, your A1C will reflect this. Most of us control BG by limiting/managing the # of carbs consumed.

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