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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

The Facts Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a condition that may occur in people who have diabetes, most often in those who have type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes. It involves the buildup of toxic substances called ketones that make the blood too acidic. High ketone levels can be readily managed, but if they aren't detected and treated in time, a person can eventually slip into a fatal coma. DKA can occur in people who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and have had ketones building up in their blood prior to the start of treatment. It can also occur in people already diagnosed with type 1 diabetes that have missed an insulin dose, have an infection, or have suffered a traumatic event or injury. Although much less common, DKA can occasionally occur in people with type 2 diabetes under extreme physiologic stress. Causes With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to make the hormone insulin, which the body's cells need in order to take in glucose from the blood. In the case of type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to make sufficient amounts of insulin in order to take in glucose from the blood. Glucose, a simple sugar we get from the foods we eat, is necessary for making the Continue reading >>

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  1. criminal

    keto diets may cause death?

    Ok here's the deal on ketogenic diets...i dunno much about it except that your body produces ketones when you're on it but while i was studying Hormones for my biology class,i came across this part :
    Effects of lack of secretion of insulin - Body oxidizes fats instead of glucose to produce energy and this results in production of poisonous substances called ketones which are excreted in urine.Death can occur.
    So the thing is...i've checked up on ketogenic diets and they are basically treatment for epilepsy seizures.Seizures? So what are we doing with it? And if production of ketones may cause death (provided my textbook is good),why are some people on keto diets? Don't be mistaken,i'm very interested in the diet and i wanna follow up on the diet but i'm not sure about anything about the diet so i'm not starting yet except currently i'm taking in minimal carbs everyday.

  2. criminal


  3. hooty mcboobs

    Diabetics can sometimes produce ketones while their blood sugar is still very high, resulting in ketoacidosis. This is where the body can't use the glucose in the blood effectively and in turn produces ketones, but they are not used by the body since the blood sugar is very high, and since ketones are slightly acidic, the blood's pH is lowered and death can occur.
    Don't worry about that unless you yourself is a diabetic. Otherwise, keto diets are safe and effective. Here's some more reading:

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