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What You Should Know About Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a buildup of acids in your blood. It can happen when your blood sugar is too high for too long. It could be life-threatening, but it usually takes many hours to become that serious. You can treat it and prevent it, too. It usually happens because your body doesn't have enough insulin. Your cells can't use the sugar in your blood for energy, so they use fat for fuel instead. Burning fat makes acids called ketones and, if the process goes on for a while, they could build up in your blood. That excess can change the chemical balance of your blood and throw off your entire system. People with type 1 diabetes are at risk for ketoacidosis, since their bodies don't make any insulin. Your ketones can also go up when you miss a meal, you're sick or stressed, or you have an insulin reaction. DKA can happen to people with type 2 diabetes, but it's rare. If you have type 2, especially when you're older, you're more likely to have a condition with some similar symptoms called HHNS (hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome). It can lead to severe dehydration. Test your ketones when your blood sugar is over 240 mg/dL or you have symptoms of high blood sugar, s Continue reading >>

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  1. [deleted]

    Really quick, I wasn't sure what to tag this post as, so I apologize for not having a tag.
    But anyways, just to give a little bit of background, I started Keto on January 1st, and have been sticking strictly to this diet since then. The last time I weighed myself, I've lost a total of 36 pounds, I'm female, and I'm about 5'5.
    I went to the ER this last Saturday morning with what I found out later was a kidney stone. I asked the physician I saw at the ER about changes I should make to my diet, while still maintaining on a low-carb diet.
    Quiet honestly, he was not very helpful. I know I definitely need to stay hydrated, drink more water. But other than that, he really didn't give me any suggestions on if I should change my diet, and if so, how.
    So I'm turning to r/keto because I'm not quite sure where to go from here. Has anyone experienced having a kidney stone while being on keto? Does anyone have any helpful dietary advice about where to go from this point? Because all I've got is drink more water. =]

  2. Jazistico

    I've had one, but it wasn't in relation to my undertaking keto. My GP suggested a potassium citrate supplement, as well the obvious increase in fluids. It's been almost a year since my attack without a recurrence.

  3. RGandhi3k

    The problem is the dose. In the Hopkins epilepsy study they were giving those kids 1.2g twice a day. I'm not even sure that is safe with an uncontrolled diet.

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