What Causes Ketoacidosis

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (dka) - Topic Overview

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening condition that develops when cells in the body are unable to get the sugar (glucose) they need for energy because there is not enough insulin. When the sugar cannot get into the cells, it stays in the blood. The kidneys filter some of the sugar from the blood and remove it from the body through urine. Because the cells cannot receive sugar for energy, the body begins to break down fat and muscle for energy. When this happens, ketones, or fatty acids, are produced and enter the bloodstream, causing the chemical imbalance (metabolic acidosis) called diabetic ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis can be caused by not getting enough insulin, having a severe infection or other illness, becoming severely dehydrated, or some combination of these things. It can occur in people who have little or no insulin in their bodies (mostly people with type 1 diabetes but it can happen with type 2 diabetes, especially children) when their blood sugar levels are high. Your blood sugar may be quite high before you notice symptoms, which include: Flushed, hot, dry skin. Feeling thirsty and urinating a lot. Drowsiness or difficulty waking up. Young children may lack Continue reading >>

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  1. sassiebritches

    Second time I pee'd on my ketone test strips and they are 1 step above low ;0( I am not eating a whole lot of carbs here....like no more than 40g....why am I not going into ketosis this time.....guess I am gonna have to just buckle down even more?
    How long did it take for your body to go into ketosis and what was your carb intake when you were in ketosis....I am just curious.
    Also, I know that there are alot of people who do not agree with low carb eating. I have done my research and prefer to hear from people who are also eating this way. Thank you.

  2. Mimigurken

    It's just an indicator, not a tool. As long as it turns you're fine. I started at under 20 gr/ day and when I slowly added carbs it turned the same color with 70 gr/ day 3 months later. Please remember to take your supplements every day.

  3. angebean

    Pardon my ignorance. What are Ketone strips?

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