Does Ketoacidosis Happen To All Diabetics

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What Is The Ph Of The Blood In A Diabetic Patient When His Glucose Levels Are Appropriate?

Diabetes causes your body's pH levels to become more acidic and develop a condition called ketoacidosis, the American Diabetes Association explains. Your body's pH level refers to the acidity or alkalinity of the fluids in your body. Diabetes impairs your body's ability to properly utilize the glucose in your blood. Instead, your body is forced to convert fat into energy through a process that develops into ketoacidosis. Diagnosing ketoacidosis involves testing blood for the presence of ketones, the University of Maryland Medical Center explains. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is congenital, and its symptoms appear as early as childhood, MayoClinic.com explains. Type 1 diabetes is characterized by your body's inability to produce insulin, the hormone needed for cells to metabolize glucose into energy. Type 2 diabetes is essentially defined by acquired insulin resistance that usually manifests in adulthood. Both types of diabetes cause increased thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, hypertension and ketoacidosis. Left untreated, both types of diabetes lead to complications that damage your cardiovascular system, kidneys and nerves due to the acc Continue reading >>

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  1. dorcas61

    I went for my 3-monthly check-up with the Nurse yesterday, not looking forward to it as the last time she took blood I was sitting in a local cafe about 10 minutes later and noticed blood running down my arm!
    My mother (a retired nurse) reckons it's because the nurse didn't strap down the bit of cotton wool tightly enough - but I can't help wondering if it was connected with the fact that for the first time ever I had blood taken from my right arm and I'm right-handed - or is this just coincidence?
    Also, is it "normal" to bruise afterwards?
    I took off the plaster/cotton wool just before going to bed and noticed purple bruising around the needle site - inside the elbow - about one inch by two - and realised that this has always happened since diagnosis, but I don't remember it happening before - even when I spent 3 weeks in hopsital and had blood taken every day, the sites never bruised. Is this down to the skill of the blood-taker, or is bruising easily yet another complication of Diabetes? Like taking longer to heal from cuts etc?
    Or is it all just my imagination? Or can I blame the menopause? It seems to get blamed for anything and everything!

  2. imalittlefishy

    Hmm...I too bruise like a peach and from every blood test! But I've been diabetic since I was 11 so I don't really remember if I did beforehand...interesting thought though! xx

  3. Sid Bonkers

    Hi dorcas, I used to be needle phobic but I've had so many blood tests and injections of one sort or another over the last 4 or 5 years that I now offer to do my own blood tests :lol:
    Sometimes I bruise but mostly I dont, I'm not sure what causes it but I have had a few that ache as the blood is taken and they are always the ones that bruise, as for right or left I've had em both, sometimes together when having blood taken from a vein and an artery at the same time and it seems to make no difference to whether it bruises or not.

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