Diabetic Ketoacidosis - What is it?
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a very serious condition that can occur with those who have diabetes. It is more common with type 1 diabetics than those with type 2 or adult onset diabetes.
When a diabetics sugar levels are out of control the body produces a dangerous level of ketones. This dangerous level accelerates into the condition of diabetic ketoacidosis. When there is a major lack of insulin in the body the need for energy is not met. So the body resorts to looking for other means of energy. The energy it finds essentially becomes your body. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a very serious condition for diabetics. If detected it must be treated with the assistance of a healthcare professional. If untreated diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to coma and or death.
Some of the warning signs for diabetic ketoacidosis include:
If you are experiencing these symptoms as a diabetic we urge you to seek immediate health care.
Generally when blood sugar levels exceed 240 mg/dl for an extended period of time the diabetic is at risk of going into diabetic ketoacidosis. It is of utmost importance for diabetics to strive to keep their blood sugar levels in good range to avoid this condition.
One misconception about diabetic ketoacidosis is that it only occurs when blood sugar levels are high. However ketoacidosis can also occur from a severe or extended episode of hypoglycemia.
During sick days when diabetic sugar levels run higher than normal it is important for diabetics to stay hydrated. Even if the cold or flu bug impairs from keeping food or drink down hydrating in small amounts is beneficial.
Ketones and diabetic ketoacidosis can be detected by a urine test.
When detected your health care provider will treat ketoacidosis with two strategies. First it is important to bring the blood sugar levels under control. This will mean the administration of insulin and a careful regiment diet. Second the ketones in the body must be expelled. This is accomplished through hydration.
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious condition. If you are experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis contact your health care professional immediately.
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