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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. kellyrae

    Hi, This may sound daft and ive had diabetes for 25 years and probably really should know more of these abbreviations, Ive been reading lots of posts and come across quite alot of them that i have had to look up.....so i now know DKA=Diabetic Ketoacidosis.....obviously i know what it is, just didnt know the DKA part, anyone got any more they can share

  2. glucosegirl

    These are some DAFNE abbreviations that drive me mad. I've never been on a DAFNE course but I learnt these terms from others on this forum:
    BI =background/basal insulin
    QA =quick acting insulin
    CP =carbohydrate portion (10g carbs)
    Some other non-DAFNE terms that I know are:
    hypo= hypoglycemia
    bg = blood glucose
    bgl blood glucose level
    bs = blood sugar
    bsl = blood sugar level
    and the one that has been annoying me since I was diagnosed until I looked it up last week:
    BM - basically used instead of the term bg for example his BM before bed last night was 5.4mmol/l or make sure you check your BM before lunch today
    BM stands for Boehringer Mannheim, now called Roche, who produced test strips called 'BM-test'

  3. kellyrae

    glucosegirl said:
    These are some DAFNE abbreviations that drive me mad. I've never been on a DAFNE course but I learnt these terms from others on this forum:
    BI =background/basal insulin
    QA =quick acting insulin
    CP =carbohydrate portion (10g carbs)
    Some other non-DAFNE terms that I know are:
    hypo= hypoglycemia
    bg = blood glucose
    bgl blood glucose level
    bs = blood sugar
    bsl = blood sugar level
    and the one that has been annoying me since I was diagnosed until I looked it up last week:
    BM - basically used instead of the term bg for example his BM before bed last night was 5.4mmol/l or make sure you check your BM before lunch today
    This is great!!!! Thankyou very much
    BM stands for Boehringer Mannheim, now called Roche, who produced test strips called 'BM-test'
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