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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Print Overview Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can't produce enough insulin. Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated. If you have diabetes or you're at risk of diabetes, learn the warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — and know when to seek emergency care. Symptoms Diabetic ketoacidosis signs and symptoms often develop quickly, sometimes within 24 hours. For some, these signs and symptoms may be the first indication of having diabetes. You may notice: Excessive thirst Frequent urination Nausea and vomiting Abdominal pain Weakness or fatigue Shortness of breath Fruity-scented breath Confusion More-specific signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — which can be detected through home blood and urine testing kits — include: High blood sugar l Continue reading >>

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  1. Robynberrill

    Okay so in May this year I was rushed into hospital after I collapsed in front of my mum. Turns out it was DKA. I admit I had been naughty with what I was eating and not taking the correct doses of insulin. I was in hospital for just over a week and the doctors saw a dramatic decrease in my blood sugar levels.
    Since then I have been very careful with what I eat and making sure I am taking the correct doses of my insulin.
    But I feel like I'm going downhill again. I am still very careful with what I am eating. I dread injecting insulin every day because it still seems to hurt and leave nasty lumps and bruises even though I should be used to it all by now (been diagnosed a year)
    I'm really finding it hard and I just want some advise or if anyone has/is feeling the same.
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  2. Juicyj

    Robynberrill said: ↑
    Okay so in May this year I was rushed into hospital after I collapsed in front of my mum. Turns out it was DKA. I admit I had been naughty with what I was eating and not taking the correct doses of insulin. I was in hospital for just over a week and the doctors saw a dramatic decrease in my blood sugar levels.
    Since then I have been very careful with what I eat and making sure I am taking the correct doses of my insulin.
    But I feel like I'm going downhill again. I am still very careful with what I am eating. I dread injecting insulin every day because it still seems to hurt and leave nasty lumps and bruises even though I should be used to it all by now (been diagnosed a year)
    I'm really finding it hard and I just want some advise or if anyone has/is feeling the same.
    X
    Click to expand... Hiya I have just read this post after responding to your other thread.
    Glad you are well now and understand the dangers of not taking the right amount of insulin. Taking insulin is essential for your energy levels, if you don't take enough then you run high and your body slows down with too much glucose on board, so hence why your energy levels are poor. I mentioned in my other response about routine and it's pants I know but you need to get into a routine of testing and injecting, looking after yourself and getting good health is a priority.
    If injecting is becoming a problem then speak to your DSN and tell them this, as you will need to do this for the rest of your life, well until they find a cure that is..

  3. novorapidboi26

    its quite common to lose momentum from time to time throughout your diabetic life the trick is to be able to get back into the swing of things........
    for me this is made easier by having the knowledge and experience of dose adjustment/carb counting.......
    have you had any formal training on this?

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