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Ketoacidosis Medical Terminology Breakdown

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What You Should Know About Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious condition that can occur in diabetes. DKA happens when acidic substances, called ketones, build up in your body. Ketones are formed when your body burns fat for fuel instead of sugar, or glucose. That can happen if you don’t have enough insulin in your body to help you process sugars. Learn more: Ketosis vs. ketoacidosis: What you should know » Left untreated, ketones can build up to dangerous levels. DKA can occur in people who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but it’s rare in people with type 2 diabetes. DKA can also develop if you are at risk for diabetes, but have not received a formal diagnosis. It can be the first sign of type 1 diabetes. DKA is a medical emergency. Call your local emergency services immediately if you think you are experiencing DKA. Symptoms of DKA can appear quickly and may include: frequent urination extreme thirst high blood sugar levels high levels of ketones in the urine nausea or vomiting abdominal pain confusion fruity-smelling breath a flushed face fatigue rapid breathing dry mouth and skin It is important to make sure you consult with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. If left untreated, Continue reading >>

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  1. MKChitown

    Hi - I'm new to Keto (8 days in), new to the forum, and catching up on 2KD podcasts. So far so good, but I'm impatient and want keto-adaptation ASAP. I seem to be cold all the time. I know that it's cold outside, but even with warm clothes and a blanket, I am cold all the time, even indoors.
    Anyone else have this happen in the beginning?
    thanks all, happy to join the group.

    Michelle

  2. Izerian

    If you're 8 days in, that could be a symptom of carb withdrawal? (Keto flu) just a thought. I experienced similar feelings.

  3. AnnaLeeMI

    I was very very cold at first too. I started October 1st. It didn't help that I had recently also shaved most of my head. I would have to sleep with a hoodie and extra blankets.

    It got better, and I felt warmer if I ate some fat. Like if I noticed my hands were all of the sudden cold eating some pure fat helped.

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