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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Introduction Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin in the body. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the body is unable to use blood sugar (glucose) because there isn't enough insulin. Instead, it breaks down fat as an alternative source of fuel. This causes a build-up of a by-product called ketones. Most cases of diabetic ketoacidosis occur in people with type 1 diabetes, although it can also be a complication of type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include: passing large amounts of urine feeling very thirsty vomiting abdominal pain Seek immediate medical assistance if you have any of these symptoms and your blood sugar levels are high. Read more about the symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis. Who is affected by diabetic ketoacidosis? Diabetic ketoacidosis is a relatively common complication in people with diabetes, particularly children and younger adults who have type 1 diabetes. Younger children under four years of age are thought to be most at risk. In about 1 in 4 cases, diabetic ketoacidosis develops in people who were previously unaware they had type 1 diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis accounts for around half Continue reading >>

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  1. donnellysdogs

    Hi Everybody
    I don't know whether anybody can help me with this question, but I hope so.
    I have been type 1 since 1986, and since diagnosis I have had many hypos's.
    5 years ago I was diagnosed with pernicious anaemia after being referred to a stroke clinic at hospital who found I had low B12 and folate levels. I was age 41, and had real signs of dementia, absolute confusion and forgetfulness. I then went on to having 13 weekly B12 injections.
    6 weeks ago my new GP undiagnosed the pernicious anaemia as 5 years ago I was not given an Intrinsic Factor test, and one he did for me came back negative. My B12 injections have now been stopped, and all signs of demntia are coming back.......well, today the GP said that he had been reading up on diabetes, hypos and longterm brain damage......and he believes I have damaged my brain from previously having many hypo's.....when I asked him what he classified as hypo, he said that it was basically any level for a type 1 diabetic that measured under 5.0 when testing BG. He said that he thinks my confusion and forgetfulness may be down to having hypos......has anybody ever heard of this?? He also suggested that although my sever hypo's have had a marked improvement for a few years, that the damage may result years later from having bad hypo's.
    He has ignored the fact that after my B12 injections started my brain acted a lot better, and he has also ignored the fact that B12 injections can help with diabetic neuropathy, which I also have symptoms of.
    Has anybody ever had it suggested to them that hypo's can cause longterm brain damage?

  2. kegstore

    There's quite a vociferous thread active at the moment on the subject of hypos, but if anyone ever suggested to me that below 5 mmol/l was hypo territory, I'd probably suggest they get THEIR head examined. And if that same person was my GP I'd be looking to change practice fairly smartish. 5 is slap bang in the middle of a "normal" blood sugar range. Just because someone has type 1 diabetes, that doesn't change their entire physiology!
    There are some cases where extremely low blood sugar has lead to permanent brain damage, but we're talking at MUCH lower levels.

  3. catherinecherub

    There must be a lot of non diabetic people with brain damage according to your Dr's reckoning.
    This article about B12 needs to be read by him, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/172774.php
    and you need to ask him why things improved on the B12 injections before you ask at the practice for a change of Dr.

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