Recovering From Dka

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What Is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious condition characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), low insulin, and the presence of moderate to large amounts of ketones in the blood. It's a medical emergency that requires treatment in a hospital. If not treated in a timely fashion, ketoacidosis can lead to coma and death. While diabetic ketoacidosis (or DKA) is much more common among people with type 1 diabetes, it can also occur in people with type 2 diabetes, so ketone monitoring is something everyone with diabetes should understand. Diabetic Ketoacidosis Symptoms Signs and symptoms of ketoacidosis include: Thirst or a very dry mouth Frequent urination Fatigue and weakness Nausea Vomiting Dry or flushed skin Abdominal pain Deep breathing A fruity breath odor What Are Ketones? Ketones, or ketone bodies, are acidic byproducts of fat metabolism. It's normal for everyone to have a small amount of ketones in the bloodstream, and after a fast of 12 to16 hours, there may be detectable amounts in the urine. As is the case with glucose, if blood levels of ketones get too high, they spill over into the urine. An elevated level of ketones in the blood is known as ketosis. People who follow low Continue reading >>

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    I got out of the hospital yesterday, I had food poisoning and got admitted for Ketoacidosis. I feel a lot better now but, I'm in a little discomfort. My stomachs bothers me somewhat after I've eaten and I'm a little uneasy when I'm walking. I was in bed for a day and a half so I'm sure I'm just weak. But, did you recover right away or, did you take a day or two?

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    Every time I'm in the hospital for DKA, I start to feel better around day 3. They never let me leave until day 5-7 though. :| So glad the last few times they've had wifi to watch Netflix on.


    3 days from start of IV fluids. When you get home, try to drink water instead of your usual fluids for a day or so. I find it helps get me back on track faster. Also, keep an eye on your BG a bit tighter for a few days after. The whole DKA resolution treatment and IV fluids can alter the way your BG floats (in some interesting ways) until you get back into your normal groove/routine.

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