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What Does Dka Stand For In Medical Terms?

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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. kellyrae

    Hi, This may sound daft and ive had diabetes for 25 years and probably really should know more of these abbreviations, Ive been reading lots of posts and come across quite alot of them that i have had to look up.....so i now know DKA=Diabetic Ketoacidosis.....obviously i know what it is, just didnt know the DKA part, anyone got any more they can share

  2. glucosegirl

    These are some DAFNE abbreviations that drive me mad. I've never been on a DAFNE course but I learnt these terms from others on this forum:
    BI =background/basal insulin
    QA =quick acting insulin
    CP =carbohydrate portion (10g carbs)
    Some other non-DAFNE terms that I know are:
    hypo= hypoglycemia
    bg = blood glucose
    bgl blood glucose level
    bs = blood sugar
    bsl = blood sugar level
    and the one that has been annoying me since I was diagnosed until I looked it up last week:
    BM - basically used instead of the term bg for example his BM before bed last night was 5.4mmol/l or make sure you check your BM before lunch today
    BM stands for Boehringer Mannheim, now called Roche, who produced test strips called 'BM-test'

  3. kellyrae

    glucosegirl said:
    These are some DAFNE abbreviations that drive me mad. I've never been on a DAFNE course but I learnt these terms from others on this forum:
    BI =background/basal insulin
    QA =quick acting insulin
    CP =carbohydrate portion (10g carbs)
    Some other non-DAFNE terms that I know are:
    hypo= hypoglycemia
    bg = blood glucose
    bgl blood glucose level
    bs = blood sugar
    bsl = blood sugar level
    and the one that has been annoying me since I was diagnosed until I looked it up last week:
    BM - basically used instead of the term bg for example his BM before bed last night was 5.4mmol/l or make sure you check your BM before lunch today
    This is great!!!! Thankyou very much
    BM stands for Boehringer Mannheim, now called Roche, who produced test strips called 'BM-test'
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