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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Introduction Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin in the body. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the body is unable to use blood sugar (glucose) because there isn't enough insulin. Instead, it breaks down fat as an alternative source of fuel. This causes a build-up of a by-product called ketones. Most cases of diabetic ketoacidosis occur in people with type 1 diabetes, although it can also be a complication of type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include: passing large amounts of urine feeling very thirsty vomiting abdominal pain Seek immediate medical assistance if you have any of these symptoms and your blood sugar levels are high. Read more about the symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis. Who is affected by diabetic ketoacidosis? Diabetic ketoacidosis is a relatively common complication in people with diabetes, particularly children and younger adults who have type 1 diabetes. Younger children under four years of age are thought to be most at risk. In about 1 in 4 cases, diabetic ketoacidosis develops in people who were previously unaware they had type 1 diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis accounts for around half Continue reading >>

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  1. Bekky1975

    Just out of hospital following DKA

    Hi
    I'm off work following recovery from recent keto-acidosis. Been T1 diagnosed for nearly 5 years but really struggle to accept my illness. Try and pretend I don't have Diabetes. Did anyone else out there have this problem? What will it take to get out of this denial? I'm 31 and thought I would be more sensible!!!

  2. vrocco1

    I'm very sorry you had that experience. How did you end up DKA? I'm guessing you skipped a dose of insulin?
    It has only happened to me once, and that was during a month long bout with the flu. I really learned my lesson on that one. Keeping your A1C low is a lot of effort, but keeping yourself out of the hospital does not take much effort at all.
    You may be suffering from a bit of depression, and that is why you are in denial. You might want to talk to your Doctor about that possibility. Denial is definitely our enemy. Depression is very common in diabetics.
    I hope you decide to spend some time with us. It really can help! I sure hope you feel better soon.

  3. Jodes800

    Hi Bekky,
    I totally understand what you're going through! I was daignosed at 10 but had a couple of years when I was a teenager that I went into denial. I would still have my injections but would eat whatever I liked!
    I soon realised that this way of thinking was doing me no good and that I had to deal with it or go on feeling ill for the rest of my life so I started taking better care of myself. I also thought about the complications that could arise in the future and what that could mean for me...for example would I be able to have the family that I have always dreamed of?
    I have been in and out of hospital on many occassions with Ketoacidosis, due to viruses and stomach bugs etc, but the doctors never told me what it was! I didn't know anything about Ketoacidosis and because of this i had a really severe Ketoacidosis incident when I was 18. I was at university and was feeling progressively more unwell...I went to A & E where doctors failed to do any blood or urine samples and diagnosed me with anxiety! I also called another doctor out that night who gave me a sleeping tablet and left me in my room alone and with no medical assistance...I was found the next morning minutes from death..and was in Intensive care for a week.
    I totally understand how you must be feeling at the moment as it takes away all your energy and takes a while for you to start feeling stronger. The Ketoacidosis won't cause any long term damage to your health but you should be aware that not taking care of your diabetes or having an illness of any kind can cause Ketoacidosis. More often than not it is treated quickly and efficiently by the medical proffessionals but sometimes it isn't-like in my case-so always check for ketones if you start to feel unwell or your blood sugars run high.
    You won't be in denial forever..diabetes takes a long time to understand and come to terms with....at 10 years old I think it may have been easier for me to accept than for someone diagnosed in their 20's...but I still found it incredibly hard!
    You've done the right thing joining this site as there are so many great people out there to talk to and for the first time since my diagnosis 15 years ago I feel like I can offload my fears and anxieties and also share good news with people who can empathise with what I'm going through...We're all here to help and anytime you feel down tell us about it and we'll try to help! We all understand how you're feeling!
    Big hugs!

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