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Diabetic Ketoacidosis - Read How You Can Avoid This Life Threatening Condition!

Diabetic 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.

The 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...

...called ketones. Ketones are acids that builds up in the blood that can eventually lead to kidney failure, heart attack, diabetic coma or death.

Diabetic 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:

  • High blood sugars - particularly if your blood sugars are over  240

  • frequent urination

  • extreme thirst

  • stomach pains

  • nausea

  • shortness of breath

  • tiredness

  • fruity smelling breath

  • loss of appetite

  • decreased consciousness

  • vomiting - vomiting is a sign that you should see a doctor immediately, especially if accompanied by any of the above.

It 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 Ketoacidosis are:

  • low blood sugars

  • high blood sugars

  • not enough food

Any of these factors may cause the body to began feeding on the fat to produce energy when glucose is not available or cannot be moved into the cells.

In 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.

Diabetic 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



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