What Is Ketoacidosis And Why Does It Happen?

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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. minkagloss

    Originally Posted by coravh
    On a different note, who are the "people" who told you to eat at least 4 g of sodium per day? And why are you listening to them? If you are consuming that much salt, and drinking a lot, you might have fluid retention which is causing the heart palpitations. Did they do an xray or u/s to look for fluid in your chest?
    Cora At first, I was only consuming around 1g of salt per day then I started getting heart palpitation and people on the ketosis forum informed me that I have to increase my salt intake to 3-5g. I've increased it to 3g but I was still getting the attack so I even increased it more to around 4g so my electrolytes are balanced.

  2. minkagloss

    Originally Posted by Lynnw
    I think many of us went by the food listed in the original post, which wasn't at all like that listed in myfitnesspal. The food listed was before the ketosis diet

  3. minkagloss

    Originally Posted by comedy
    I think she's taking a huge amount of salt, judging by her figures in myfitnesspal.
    I agree with you on the protein. Especially as she's currently breast-feeding.
    About the protein, it says that 1g per 1kg lean body mass. My protein intake should be 38g per day and I've been eating a bit more than that per day.
    My baby started eating solid foods now 2-3 times a day so I don't bf much.

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