Is Ketoacidosis Curable

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Understanding And Treating Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious metabolic disorder that can occur in animals with diabetes mellitus (DM).1,2 Veterinary technicians play an integral role in managing and treating patients with this life-threatening condition. In addition to recognizing the clinical signs of this disorder and evaluating the patient's response to therapy, technicians should understand how this disorder occurs. DM is caused by a relative or absolute lack of insulin production by the pancreatic b-cells or by inactivity or loss of insulin receptors, which are usually found on membranes of skeletal muscle, fat, and liver cells.1,3 In dogs and cats, DM is classified as either insulin-dependent (the body is unable to produce sufficient insulin) or non-insulin-dependent (the body produces insulin, but the tissues in the body are resistant to the insulin).4 Most dogs and cats that develop DKA have an insulin deficiency. Insulin has many functions, including the enhancement of glucose uptake by the cells for energy.1 Without insulin, the cells cannot access glucose, thereby causing them to undergo starvation.2 The unused glucose remains in the circulation, resulting in hyperglycemia. To provide cells Continue reading >>

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  1. PBER57

    Ketone Test Strips

    I am following the Atkins diet fairly closely. I experience the "Atkins Breath" pretty good when I am producing ketones.
    I test daily when I have the "Atkins Breath" and my readings on the sticks come back moderate on the test color chart. The directions say contact your Dr or health care provider if they are moderate.
    My fasting BG has normally been around 105 when I take the test and I am not in ketoacidosis. I have been in ketoacidosis before and I know the severe symptoms they produce.
    If I am getting moderate readings on the color chart should I be concerned?

  2. furball64801

    Well being a type 2 that has been on Atkins I never had an issue, with you being a 1.5 I dont know if you shouild be concerned. I know you dont want to be in ketoacidosis but thats different than having ketones.

  3. mamayenn

    excuse the dumb question, but what is atkins breath?????

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