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The Etiology Of Abdominal Pain In Diabetic Acidosis

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Print Overview Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can't produce enough insulin. Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated. If you have diabetes or you're at risk of diabetes, learn the warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — and know when to seek emergency care. Symptoms Diabetic ketoacidosis signs and symptoms often develop quickly, sometimes within 24 hours. For some, these signs and symptoms may be the first indication of having diabetes. You may notice: Excessive thirst Frequent urination Nausea and vomiting Abdominal pain Weakness or fatigue Shortness of breath Fruity-scented breath Confusion More-specific signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — which can be detected through home blood and urine testing kits — include: High blood sugar l Continue reading >>

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  1. Aptor hours

    My husband gets night sweats frequently so bad he has to put a towel in bed. Has anybody ever heard of this? I don't know if he has addressed this with his doctor? He is a diabetic, a smoker hmmmm....

  2. rifleman

    Does he ingest a carb load, or even a small candy bar, anytime after, say, 8:00pm, before going to bed? Have him check his blood glucose level when he's suffering from these sweats, in the middle of the night. Also, does urinating stop the sweating? His BG is probably >> 170 when he's experiencing these sweats.
    This is a pretty clear and common side effect of high blood sugar peak in the middle of the night, esp. exacerbated by reduced sugar excretion through the kidneys. Peeing often stops the effect.
    Have him make sure he takes his Glucophage (metformin) or insulin shot before going to bed, and have him lay off all carbs after about 8:00p, and then see if the occurrence isn't changed. If he's injested a complex carbo component during his regular dinner, he'll not feel so hungry for a late night sanck! It also becomes a sort of cycle in the body, so he may have to adhere to this for a few nights.
    If it does stop the condition, he'll know that it's a blood sugar overlaod. He shouldn't ignore it; diabetes kills insidiously. It's not worth that pre-bed snack while sitting still watching TV.

  3. SouthernBelleInUtah

    and of course you know what smoking and diabetes produce, right?

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