How Does Diabetic Ketoacidosis Affect The Body?

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (dka)

Tweet Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous complication faced by people with diabetes which happens when the body starts running out of insulin. DKA is most commonly associated with type 1 diabetes, however, people with type 2 diabetes that produce very little of their own insulin may also be affected. Ketoacidosis is a serious short term complication which can result in coma or even death if it is not treated quickly. Read about Diabetes and Ketones What is diabetic ketoacidosis? DKA occurs when the body has insufficient insulin to allow enough glucose to enter cells, and so the body switches to burning fatty acids and producing acidic ketone bodies. A high level of ketone bodies in the blood can cause particularly severe illness. Symptoms of DKA Diabetic ketoacidosis may itself be the symptom of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. Typical symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include: Vomiting Dehydration An unusual smell on the breath –sometimes compared to the smell of pear drops Deep laboured breathing (called kussmaul breathing) or hyperventilation Rapid heartbeat Confusion and disorientation Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis usually evolve over a 24 hour period if blood glucose Continue reading >>

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  1. dagger1234


    So I just recently got diagnosed diabetes type2 and I also want to quit smoking but I started a new job and I am too stressed to stop smoking but it's been a week with work already. And I'm getting used to it and now willing to try and take chantix but I've been reading horror stories where chantix raises the blood sugar level.
    Anyone taking chantix and having no side affects or is? I'm scared but need to quit smoking to be healthier.

  2. Dr Gary CA

    Hi dagger,
    Sounds like you are taking a very cautious approach here. That's a good idea. I am sure you will also stay in close contact with your doctor. Like you, I have also heard about a lot of different experiences with Chantix.
    I am really interested in your experiences so please keep us posted.
    And congratulations on taking this important step, my friend. My sister is 10 days into her quit. It's not an easy road but the rewards are worth it all!

  3. dagger1234

    I saw my doctor yesterday and she said it was okay for me to take chantix. I just started this morning. I am keeping an open mind about this pill. My doctor says its different for people with their experiences but I won't think any thing bad and will let you guys know the outcome soon. What I did was make a note pad and jot down my feelings etc on how i'm feeling taking the med. Also, I'm going to be telling my friends, family (told my bf already) about me and see what they notice about me in changes so I can work on it or quit taking it or continue. YEPPIE!

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