Diabetic Ketoacidosis -
Read How You Can Avoid This Life Threatening Condition!
ketoacidoses is a problem suffered mostly by type 1
diabetics. This is especially so if it is untreated. This may be the first symptom of the undiagnosed diabetic (more on type
2 in a moment). It happens when the
body is unable to use the glucose in the blood to fuel the body.
body needs energy which it gets by moving glucose from the blood
into the cells. When that doesn't happen, it begins to feed upon itself
by consuming the body's fat, the byproduct of this is...
ketones. Ketones are acids that builds up in the blood that
can eventually lead to kidney failure, heart attack, diabetic coma or
ketoacidoses is a very serious condition. It is
vital then that one understands the warning signs. The following may be
just one sign or a combination of symptoms that you want to take
special note of:
blood sugars - particularly if your blood
sugars are over 240
- vomiting is a sign that you should
see a doctor immediately, especially if accompanied by any of the above.
is a good idea to check for ketones regularly just to be on the safe side.This
can be done using test strips for that particular purpose. The strips
resemble those used for taking glucose readings, only urine is used.
The causes of diabetic
of these factors may cause the body to began feeding on the fat
produce energy when glucose is not available or cannot be moved into the cells.
Type 2 diabetics, diabetic Ketoacidosis my occur during or after an
illness such as the flu, heart attack, pneumonia, etc. Sugars should be
closely monitored during episodes of illness.
Ketoacidosis is usually treated in the hospital where insulin
replacement therapy is provided. Even though the condition may be
corrected by balancing the blood sugars with insulin or food medical
attention should still be a priority