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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

What Is It? Diabetic ketoacidosis is a potentially fatal complication of diabetes that occurs when you have much less insulin than your body needs. This problem causes the blood to become acidic and the body to become dangerously dehydrated. Diabetic ketoacidosis can occur when diabetes is not treated adequately, or it can occur during times of serious sickness. To understand this illness, you need to understand the way your body powers itself with sugar and other fuels. Foods we eat are broken down by the body, and much of what we eat becomes glucose (a type of sugar), which enters the bloodstream. Insulin helps glucose to pass from the bloodstream into body cells, where it is used for energy. Insulin normally is made by the pancreas, but people with type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) don't produce enough insulin and must inject it daily. Your body needs a constant source of energy. When you have plenty of insulin, your body cells can get all the energy they need from glucose. If you don't have enough insulin in your blood, your liver is programmed to manufacture emergency fuels. These fuels, made from fat, are called ketones (or keto acids). In a pinch, ketones can give Continue reading >>

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  1. naathaliemarie

    Does anyone ever experience DKA symptoms after having a cold/flu? I think my cold is gone, but, I'm experiencing extreme nausea. It's very awful. I'm taking small 2u doses every hour. Keeping an eye on my blood sugar. Is this common? I have to work tomorrow and I do not want to lose my hours.

  2. jeffbaier

    Get some ketone sticks and piss on em. If you have high ketones and feel shitty, then yah probably DKA. Drink a lot of water and shoot up some insulin.

  3. naathaliemarie

    I don't know where to even get keystone sticks. I don't think I have ever used them. But I have treated with insulin and water. And I seem to be feeling better.

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