Ketoacidosis Word Breakdown

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When a person has the medical condition called diabetes, the body can’t produce enough insulin to process the glucose in the blood. Diabetes has been known since the first century B.C.E., when a Greek physician, Aretus the Cappadocian, named it diabainein, meaning "a siphon," referring to the excessive urination associated with the disease. The word diabetes was first recorded in 1425, and in 1675, the Greek mellitus, “like honey,” was added, to reflect the sweet smell and taste of the patient’s urine. An unrelated and rare disorder, diabetes insipidus, is usually caused by a hormone deficiency. Continue reading >>

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  1. Diamattic

    This may be a weird questions but i was comparing some blood work i had done in January 2011 (back before i had T1D) and the blood work that was conducted a couple days after i was admitted to the hospital. I have nothing in between those dates.
    I was admitted to the Emergency room with Diabetic Ketoacidocis, and they drew blood everyday but only on the first day did they do a full work up which included my cholesterol levels.. when i compare these numbers to what i had come back from the lab in 2011 i find quite a difference. The May 2014 numbers are much lower across the board then the Jan 2011 numbers.
    My question is - Is this change because i likely spent so much time undiagnosed and in which case they will likely go back up? or does DKA not really affect these numbers and thats just an accurate look at my levels these days?

  2. Diamattic

    Well, i kept searching and found this research paper - http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh22-3/211.pdf
    It talks mostly about Alcohol use in diabetics, BUT it mentions DKA can occur tom alcohol abuse and then goes on to explain how that DKA can alter lipid metabolism, which isn't exactly what i was looking for BUT it does say that it can lower your LDL, and raise your HDL for a short period in which it will return to normal afterwards.. So maybe my levels were abnormally low but returned to where they were afterwards...
    SIDENOTE - This paper also mentions that in non-habitual drinkers having 2.5-5 standard alcoholic drinks occasionally can be beneficial to BS levels haha However, habitual drinking (i.e. - daily drinks) is a no-no..
    Does anyone know anything conclusive though, I am still wondering how much i can trust these numbers?

  3. pavlosn

    Ketosis based diets are known too rely on burning triglycerides for fuel instead of glucose of fuel, as well as to reduce LDL and increase HDL.
    DKA is effectively ketosis but on a more problematic scale. This time it is brought about not by a restriction in carbs and lowering of glucose but by a lack of insulin to transfer the glucose to the blood, I would expect both to have a similar effect on lipids.
    Where triglycerides significantly reduced after DKA?
    Not that DKA would ever qualify as a treatment for high cholesterol!

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