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How Dka Happens And What To Do About It

Certified Diabetes Educator Gary Scheiner offers an overview of diabetic ketoacidosis. (excerpted from Think Like A Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin by Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, DaCapo Press, 2011) Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is a condition in which the blood becomes highly acidic as a result of dehydration and excessive ketone (acid) production. When bodily fluids become acidic, some of the body’s systems stop functioning properly. It is a serious condition that will make you violently ill and it can kill you. The primary cause of DKA is a lack of working insulin in the body. Most of the body’s cells burn primarily sugar (glucose) for energy. Many cells also burn fat, but in much smaller amounts. Glucose happens to be a very “clean” form of energy—there are virtually no waste products left over when you burn it up. Fat, on the other hand, is a “dirty” source of energy. When fat is burned, there are waste products produced. These waste products are called “ketones.” Ketones are acid molecules that can pollute the bloodstream and affect the body’s delicate pH balance if produced in large quantities. Luckily, we don’t tend to burn huge Continue reading >>

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  1. MarcusLouvier

    As you might already know, high protein intake will cause gout flare ups. What do you guys recommend to keep this in check? I am currently on no medication and I haven't had a flare up in probably 6 months, but I can feel it coming on a little bit.
    Any advice is appreciated!
    Thanks, Marcus

  2. ananf72

    Hate to say this, but talk with your doc about it. That makes the most logical sense than asking us (who do not know your med history).

  3. Blackjack68

    Not saying high protein won't cause you flare ups, just noting what happened to me.
    I got gout once a few years ago while on keto, but it wasn't the keto or the protein, it was the near starvation calorie levels. I was new to the diet and trying to be all "hardcore" and only took in about 800 to 1000 cals a day with very poor micros for a month straight (at 270 pounds). My protein intake levels weren't very high. I've since been in a good, balanced keto diet with much higher levels of protein for years and not had a single problem.
    After researching foods that help gout, I ate a bunch (like 2 pounds) of black cherries. My gout was improving the next day, so I ate more and the gout was completely gone in a few days. I have no way of confirming that the cherries cured it as it may have gone away on it's own, but I've kept a bag of black cherries in the freezer ever since.
    Of course, a bunch of black cherries will knock you out of keto, but if there is a good reason to carb up for a few days, I think the pain of gout would be it. I still eat just 5 or 6 fresh ones after a meal sometimes which isn't enough to knock me out of keto, it seems like good insurance and they're rich in vitamin C... and completely delicious.
    *** Take note all you hardheaded "I'll only eat one food" for a few months diet guys that have been popping up here the last few days. Gout is one of the most painful and debilitating conditions you'll ever experience, don't be an idiot, listen to those that have been there.

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