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What You Should Know About Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a buildup of acids in your blood. It can happen when your blood sugar is too high for too long. It could be life-threatening, but it usually takes many hours to become that serious. You can treat it and prevent it, too. It usually happens because your body doesn't have enough insulin. Your cells can't use the sugar in your blood for energy, so they use fat for fuel instead. Burning fat makes acids called ketones and, if the process goes on for a while, they could build up in your blood. That excess can change the chemical balance of your blood and throw off your entire system. People with type 1 diabetes are at risk for ketoacidosis, since their bodies don't make any insulin. Your ketones can also go up when you miss a meal, you're sick or stressed, or you have an insulin reaction. DKA can happen to people with type 2 diabetes, but it's rare. If you have type 2, especially when you're older, you're more likely to have a condition with some similar symptoms called HHNS (hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome). It can lead to severe dehydration. Test your ketones when your blood sugar is over 240 mg/dL or you have symptoms of high blood sugar, s Continue reading >>

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  1. replay


    Two things:

    Well said. These two things should be required reading.

  2. johnaustin454

    @Rookie , You mention your macros and they seem to be in line but, you don't mention how many calories you are eating.
    I used to eat NSNG (no sugar, no grains) and was not losing weight. I called Vinnie Tortortorich for a consultation and he figures out that the fat I was eating was totally feeling my fat fuelled body. My body never needed to go to my fat stores so I wouldn't lose any weight.
    Once I dropped my BPC (I was using to much HC) and started losing.
    Maybe we could get @carl to interview you on the podcast since there are so many people on this post that are in the same boat.
    The other thing I don't think you mentioned (I may have skipped past it) is how much you have to lose. On a good week I can lose 6 pounds. My Wife has lost 11 pounds over 3 months because she has a lot less to lose.
    Just some thoughts.

  3. Rookie

    John, I eat around 1200 daily but I don't really follow calories...I use mfp so they track me around 1200. Maybe I need to lower calories?

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