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Diabetic Ketoacidosis Symptoms

What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Diabetic ketoacidosis, also referred to as simply ketoacidosis or DKA, is a serious and even life-threatening complication of type 1 diabetes. DKA is rare in people with type 2 diabetes. DKA is caused when insulin levels are low and not enough glucose can get into the body's cells. Without glucose for energy, the body starts to burn fat for energy. Ketones are products that are created when the body burns fat. The buildup of ketones causes the blood to become more acidic. The high levels of blood glucose in DKA cause the kidneys to excrete glucose and water, leading to dehydration and imbalances in body electrolyte levels. Diabetic ketoacidosis most commonly develops either due to an interruption in insulin treatment or a severe illness, including the flu. What are the symptoms and signs of diabetic ketoacidosis? The development of DKA is usually a slow process. However, if vomiting develops, the symptoms can progress more rapidly due to the more rapid loss of body fluid. Excessive urination, which occurs because the kidneys try to rid the body of excess glucose, and water is excreted along with the glucose High blood glucose (sugar) levels The presen Continue reading >>

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  1. BigN

    I've noticed some great things since I've started this way of eating and I've experienced (and am experiencing) some nastiness too. Dizzy was a biggy and I see others here have had it also so I'm hoping it's only temporary. After a week or so on this diet, I've noticed some lower back pain. Like I've pulled a muscle, but I haven't hurt my back that I'm aware of. I was scouring the Low Carb sites tonight and noticed many people there also experience back pain seemingly as a result of this type of eating. Has anyone else here experienced mysterious lower back pain? I'm hoping that's only temporary also. Before starting this diet, I had some stomach issues such as bloating, lots of gas, pressure against my diaghram. Those things seem to have disappeared, which I'm happy about...

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    I hadn't thought about it but as I'm very active already I'm not sure that would have anything to do with it. I'm up and running around all day as it is and I woke up one day with a sore back and it's been here for 2 weeks already, doesn't seem to want to go away...

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