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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

A Preventable Crisis People who have had diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, will tell you it’s worse than any flu they’ve ever had, describing an overwhelming feeling of lethargy, unquenchable thirst, and unrelenting vomiting. “It’s sort of like having molasses for blood,” says George. “Everything moves so slow, the mouth can feel so dry, and there is a cloud over your head. Just before diagnosis, when I was in high school, I would get out of a class and go to the bathroom to pee for about 10–12 minutes. Then I would head to the water fountain and begin drinking water for minutes at a time, usually until well after the next class had begun.” George, generally an upbeat person, said that while he has experienced varying degrees of DKA in his 40 years or so of having diabetes, “…at its worst, there is one reprieve from its ill feeling: Unfortunately, that is a coma.” But DKA can be more than a feeling of extreme discomfort, and it can result in more than a coma. “It has the potential to kill,” says Richard Hellman, MD, past president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. “DKA is a medical emergency. It’s the biggest medical emergency rela Continue reading >>

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  1. Lynnw

    Exercise and ketosis

    This whole ketosis thing confuses me. It's fairly well documented that exercise forces glucose into muscles. If you are in ketosis, does forcing glucose into muscles through exercise knock you out of ketosis? And it's not like I can 'use up' or 'run out of' glucose because my liver keeps me well-supplied, even eating very low carb...my BG is usually higher after exercise than before.

  2. smorgan

    Originally Posted by Lynnw
    This whole ketosis thing confuses me. It's fairly well documented that exercise forces glucose into muscles. If you are in ketosis, does forcing glucose into muscles through exercise knock you out of ketosis? And it's not like I can 'use up' or 'run out of' glucose because my liver keeps me well-supplied, even eating very low carb...my BG is usually higher after exercise than before. Part of the definition of ketosis is that your cells (including your muscles, brain and heart) switch off insisting on glucose as their primary fuel. They run off ketone bodies and/or free fatty acids instead. So, when in ketosis exercise generally has no effect on blood glucose because glucose is not involved.
    I have on more than on occasion check my blood sugar at 4 hours since eating anything, gone for a 1 or 2 hour workout and tested after it at the exact same level. So, that entire workout was fueled by other than glucose. That is normal for ketosis.
    So, in this state, exercise no longer "forces glucose into muscles" because they have switched to alternative fuels.
    No, exercise cannot knock you out of ketosis. The only thing which can do that is eating too many glucose-producing foods (carbs or proteins). Also, a prerequisite to achieving ketosis is depleting the glycogen stores in the liver so in most cases this shouldn't be an issue. There shouldn't be any stores significant to cause a spike.

  3. jim55

    My body is in a ketosis state most every day and i,m sure i still burn glucose stores when exercising. Because the body coverts protien to glucose i always have some avalable however in much less supply due to my low carb diet. When i do cardio i can even feel when my body makes the switch. This is true also when i lift. If the body completly drained itself of glucose ones bood glucose reading would be 0.

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