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Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Information On Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening diabetes complication caused by the buildup of acids in the bloodstream when cells are unable to retrieve glucose (sugar) required for energy. DKA is often the result of the body not producing sufficient levels of insulin that allows sugar to transfer into the cells. Instead, the glucose builds up in the bloodstream producing dangerous levels of acid. The Cause of DKA Typically, diabetic ketoacidosis is caused when the body does not produce enough insulin and the body is unable to transfer glucose energy from the bloodstream into cells. Instead, the body burns fat for fuel. However, this process causes ketones (acids made by burning fat) to build up in the bloodstream. The high levels of acid can significantly change the chemical balance of the bloodstream and disrupt normal body functioning. Infections can also result in the development of diabetic ketoacidosis because the infectious bacteria can cause the body to produce excessive levels of cortisol, adrenaline and other hormones that affect the production of insulin. These include urinary tract infections and pneumonia. Preventing DKA Who Gets Diabetic Ketoacidosis? T Continue reading >>

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  1. Robster65

    Been out for the day but ran out of test strips for the Optium Xceed meter. Can't get more on script until tomorrow.
    Went into Boots in the hope of buying a small box of 10 strips to tide us over. They didn't have any but...
    ...their own brand test meter is identical to the Optium Xceed and includes a box of 10 strips. Got it VAT free, after asking, so have a spare meter now and enough strips to get us out of trouble for ?9.34.
    So anyone wanting to buy an Optium Xceed could buy a Boots one for less money.
    Rob

  2. Steff

    I've seen that online and in store its good value for money.

  3. Sugarbum

    Good tip!

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