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This week, a new campaign to stop a dangerous problem: DKA before a diabetes diagnosis. Beyond Type 1 wants to educate about the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes in a new campaign involving pediatricians. Stacey talks to Tom Scher about the group's new multi-state campaign, how doctors are responding to it and what DKA actually is. Stacey also brings us up to date on how people with type 1 diabetes fared in the brutal Iditarod and 6633 Arctic Ultra races. Plus, if you're a mom with type 1, Glu needs your help. Hear about a survey for women with T1D who've given birth.

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Support the DKA Campaign by donating to Beyond Type 1 and help make this life-saving work possible! Editor’s Update, 12/2017: This piece focuses on the launch of the campaign in Pennsylvania. Since publication, the campaign has been distributed in 18 states to over 22,000 pediatric offices, serving 90 million patients annually. The campaign is currently approved in 4 additional states and we are actively working to reach other states throughout the US in 2018. This campaign rolled out in New Zealand in September, 2017. The first step is admitting that we have a problem — a DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) problem. When people in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, approximately 42% of them are in DKA, a dangerous and sometimes deadly consequence of diabetes. Four in every ten people are at such a critical state, that their lives are in jeopardy. That means four in every ten T1D cases had the signs and symptoms of T1D misunderstood or ignored. And in a number of these cases, by the time T1D was properly diagnosed, it was too late. No one should ever die because of a missed diagnosis. From the beginning days of Beyond Type 1, the problem of DKA has been one that we w Continue reading >>

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  1. Peter Clark

    As always a history is taken. Laboratory evaluation includes serum glucose, serum electrolytes (with calculation of the anion gap), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and plasma creatinine, urinalysis and urine ketones by dipstick, plasma osmolality, serum ketones (if urine ketones are present). That gives the needed information: diabetes with hyperosmolality and ketosis.

  2. Momina Makin

    If the person comes in with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain(usually children), with a fruity breath, with dehydration and with increased urination and thierst we can suspect DKA

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What is DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS? What does DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS mean? DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS meaning - DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS definition - DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS explanation. Source: Wikipedia.org article, adapted under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/... license. SUBSCRIBE to our Google Earth flights channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Uu... Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus. Signs and symptoms may include vomiting, abdominal pain, deep gasping breathing, increased urination, weakness, confusion, and occasionally loss of consciousness. A person's breath may develop a specific smell. Onset of symptoms is usually rapid. In some cases people may not realize they previously had diabetes. DKA happens most often in those with type 1 diabetes, but can also occur in those with other types of diabetes under certain circumstances. Triggers may include infection, not taking insulin correctly, stroke, and certain medications such as steroids. DKA results from a shortage of insulin; in response the body switches to burning fatty acids which produces acidic ketone bodies. DKA is typically diagnosed when testing finds high blood sugar, low blood pH, and ketoacids in either the blood or urine. The primary treatment of DKA is with intravenous fluids and insulin. Depending on the severity, insulin may be given intravenously or by injection under the skin. Usually potassium is also needed to prevent the development of low blood potassium. Throughout treatment blood sugar and potassium levels should be regularly checked. Antibiotics may be required in those with an underlying infection. In those with severely low blood pH, sodium bicarbonate may be given; however, its use is of unclear benefit and typically not recommended. Rates of DKA vary around the world. About 4% of people with type 1 diabetes in United Kingdom develop DKA a year, while in Malaysia the condition affects about 25% a year. DKA was first described in 1886 and, until the introduction of insulin therapy in the 1920s, it was almost universally fatal. The risk of death with adequate and timely treatment is currently around 1–4%. Up to 1% of children with DKA develop a complication known as cerebral edema. The symptoms of an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis usually evolve over a period of about 24 hours. Predominant symptoms are nausea and vomiting, pronounced thirst, excessive urine production and abdominal pain that may be severe. Those who measure their glucose levels themselves may notice hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels). In severe DKA, breathing becomes labored and of a deep, gasping character (a state referred to as "Kussmaul respiration"). The abdomen may be tender to the point that an acute abdomen may be suspected, such as acute pancreatitis, appendicitis or gastrointestinal perforation. Coffee ground vomiting (vomiting of altered blood) occurs in a minority of people; this tends to originate from erosion of the esophagus. In severe DKA, there may be confusion, lethargy, stupor or even coma (a marked decrease in the level of consciousness). On physical examination there is usually clinical evidence of dehydration, such as a dry mouth and decreased skin turgor. If the dehydration is profound enough to cause a decrease in the circulating blood volume, tachycardia (a fast heart rate) and low blood pressure may be observed. Often, a "ketotic" odor is present, which is often described as "fruity", often compared to the smell of pear drops whose scent is a ketone. If Kussmaul respiration is present, this is reflected in an increased respiratory rate.....

Diagnosis Of Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Type 1 Diabetes Results In Poor Disease Control

Children diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis and type 1 diabetes may have higher HbA1C levels. Findings from a new study published by Diabetes Care suggests that pediatric patients who are diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at the time of type 1 diabetes diagnosis may have an increased risk of poor disease control. Included in the study were 3364 children living in Colorado who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1998 and 2012. At baseline, 39% (1297) patients had DKA at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. The authors found that ethnicity and health insurance status were linked to presenting DKA at diagnosis. Additionally, they discovered that these patients had higher HbA1C levels over a 15-year follow-up period, according to the study. After accounting for age, ethnicity, family history of diabetes, insurance status, and insulin pump use, 40% of patients with a dual diagnosis had poor blood glucose control. Compared with children without DKA, HbA1c was 1.4% higher among patients with severe DKA and 0.9% higher among patients presenting mild or moderate DKA at diagnosis, according to the study. The authors concluded that worsening of beta cell death that results from hy Continue reading >>

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  1. Peter Clark

    As always a history is taken. Laboratory evaluation includes serum glucose, serum electrolytes (with calculation of the anion gap), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and plasma creatinine, urinalysis and urine ketones by dipstick, plasma osmolality, serum ketones (if urine ketones are present). That gives the needed information: diabetes with hyperosmolality and ketosis.

  2. Momina Makin

    If the person comes in with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain(usually children), with a fruity breath, with dehydration and with increased urination and thierst we can suspect DKA

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, And Complications

Diabetic ketoacidosis definition and facts Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening complication of type 1 diabetes (though rare, it can occur in people with type 2 diabetes) that occurs when the body produces high levels of ketones due to lack of insulin. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin. The signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include Risk factors for diabetic ketoacidosis are type 1 diabetes, and missing insulin doses frequently, or being exposed to a stressor requiring higher insulin doses (infection, etc). Diabetic ketoacidosis is diagnosed by an elevated blood sugar (glucose) level, elevated blood ketones and acidity of the blood (acidosis). The treatment for diabetic ketoacidosis is insulin, fluids and electrolyte therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis can be prevented by taking insulin as prescribed and monitoring glucose and ketone levels. The prognosis for a person with diabetic ketoacidosis depends on the severity of the disease and the other underlying medical conditions. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a severe and life-threatening complication of diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the cells in our body do not receive Continue reading >>

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  1. Peter Clark

    As always a history is taken. Laboratory evaluation includes serum glucose, serum electrolytes (with calculation of the anion gap), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and plasma creatinine, urinalysis and urine ketones by dipstick, plasma osmolality, serum ketones (if urine ketones are present). That gives the needed information: diabetes with hyperosmolality and ketosis.

  2. Momina Makin

    If the person comes in with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain(usually children), with a fruity breath, with dehydration and with increased urination and thierst we can suspect DKA

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