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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

The Facts Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a condition that may occur in people who have diabetes, most often in those who have type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes. It involves the buildup of toxic substances called ketones that make the blood too acidic. High ketone levels can be readily managed, but if they aren't detected and treated in time, a person can eventually slip into a fatal coma. DKA can occur in people who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and have had ketones building up in their blood prior to the start of treatment. It can also occur in people already diagnosed with type 1 diabetes that have missed an insulin dose, have an infection, or have suffered a traumatic event or injury. Although much less common, DKA can occasionally occur in people with type 2 diabetes under extreme physiologic stress. Causes With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to make the hormone insulin, which the body's cells need in order to take in glucose from the blood. In the case of type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to make sufficient amounts of insulin in order to take in glucose from the blood. Glucose, a simple sugar we get from the foods we eat, is necessary for making the Continue reading >>

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  1. diabeticmommy

    Stall weight loss after only 3 weeks - frustrated

    Hello all,
    I got very strict again with my diet about 4 weeks ago. As usual with LC weight started coming off easily. However at the 3rd week point it just stopped. Same foods same light exercise (walking) and i gained 3 pounds (in 2 days) and have been going up and down on those 3 pounds for a week. Im so frustrated I want to scream! Yesterday I started tracking on my fitness pal and I see that maybe my calorie level was a bit high but not enough to have gained 3 pounds!!!
    Just needed to vent. Thanks!

  2. TorqPenderloin

    That's not enough time to allow yourself to be disappointed or frustrated. You have to remember that your weight will fluctuate quite a bit depending on what you eat and when you weigh yourself (among other factors).
    The first week is a confidence booster as you probably lost a ton of weight. Anything more than 2-3lbs is artificial and likely due to less water/food retention.
    If your calories are too high then you may need to limit them, but it could be that your weight gain is simply caused by all of that food going through your digestive system and it doesn't necessarily become body fat.
    My weight will fluctuate as much as 10lbs in a given week so the number on the scale means very little to me (out of context). If you want a better way to assess your progress, take weekly measurements of certain parts of your body and perhaps 1 weekly progress picture. Those are much more important ways of tracking your progress beyond just a number on a scale.

  3. jwags

    When you start to lose weight you will hit those plateaus periodically. You may want to increase exercise a little or decrease the carbs you are eating. I find a lot of LC items like cheese and nuts may be the culprits in weight gain. So look at the portion size of one items. My weight varies 1-3 pounds from day to day.

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