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How does diabetes mellitus lead to diabetes ketoacidosis?

How does diabetes mellitus lead to diabetes ketoacidosis?

Sugar is the source : Sugar is the source of energy in the cells and if you dont have insulin, than glucose can not be used to produce energy.That makes body release a hormone which breaks down fat as an alternate source of energy, in this process there is production of ketones, too much ketones get in the blood and cause ketoacidosis it is more common in type 1 diabetes which is Insulin dependant, and if not enough insuli. ...Read more

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How are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus different?

How are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus different?

Very different: Diabetes mellitus is the typical "diabetes" that we are familiar with. It's caused by an Insulin problem (too little or just not working well (resistance)) causing elevation in blood sugar. Diabetes insipidus is a water problem characterized by lots of urination and high sodium level. It's caused by an ADH (vasopressin) (antidiuretic hormone) problem (too little or just not working well). ...Read more

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What's the difference of ketoacidosis and diabetic ketoacidosis?

What's the difference of ketoacidosis and diabetic ketoacidosis?

High blood sugar: Both conditions are a sign of cellular deprivation of glucose. In diabetes type 1 there is absence of insufficient Insulin so the sugar is elevated in the blood but low in liver cells and they start producing ketones. In starvation due to anorexia or alcoholism there in not enough glucose available so it also produces ketones. They are treated differently of course. ...Read more

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How are diabetes mellitus and just diabetes different?

How are diabetes mellitus and just diabetes different?

Old latin term: Type i diabetes, juvenile diabetes is found in children who have lost pancreatic production of Insulin and have poor growth, frequent infections and elevated blood sugar. This may be autoimmune or allergy driven. Type ii diabetes, adult onset, commonly found in patients with Insulin resistance, central obesity and poor exercise habits. The latin term is now shortened to diabetes (type i or ii). ...Read more

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Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

Increase blood sugar: Increase blood sugars is a side effect seen with niacin.( a dose-related effect). Close blood glucose monitoring is advised for diabetics/ potentially diabetic patients during treatment with niacin; adjustment of diet and/or antidiabetic therapy may be necessary. See your physician for evaluation and care. ...Read more

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How can diabetic ketoacidosis (w/ metabolic acidosis) causes respiratory failure?

How can diabetic ketoacidosis (w/ metabolic acidosis) causes respiratory failure?

Due to acidosis.,,: The metabolic acidosis causes a respiratory compensation in an attempt by the body to keep the blood ph normal. The respiratory compensation is to increase minute ventilation (both respiratory rate and volume per breath!). So, the person with severe metabolic acidosis will be breathing fast and deeply. Doing this for an extended period of time can lead to fatigue resulting in respiratory failure. ...Read more

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Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

Unlikely. : Usually, we would look for other causes. Sometimes anemia and other conditions can lead to a hemorrhage in the eye. On occasion, especially with another ischemic process such as high blood pressure, we can see changes in the retina that may be identical to some seen in diabetic retinopathy. ...Read more

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Diabetes and ketosis a bad combo?

Diabetes and ketosis a bad combo?

No, unless ↓ insulin: Ketosis is just a state of burning fats. Since ? insulin, as in type 2 DM, promotes storage of ingested sugar as body fat, ?ing sugar intake both ?es Insulin output & body fat, helping turn the DM snowball around, thus ?ing need for medications, physician visits & the many DM complications. Sadly, many physicians scare people to avoid ketosis; perhaps helps their business but not their clients. ...Read more

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What are the sugar levels of prediabetic and diabetic?

What are the sugar levels of prediabetic and diabetic?

See below:: Fasting levels: normal: < 110 prediabetic: >110<126 diabetic: >126 on 2 occasions. ...Read more

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What can cause tolerance breakdown of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus?

What can cause tolerance breakdown of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus?

Tolerance breakdown?: Not sure what you are referring to, "tolerance breakdown." ? Could you restate the question? If you are referring to an increase in Insulin requirements, this can occur in response to growth (child to adult), dietary changes, stress, weight gain. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hyperglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis in type 1 diabetics?

What's the difference between hyperglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis in type 1 diabetics?

Compensation: Hyperglycemia just means that the blood sugar is high. If you have taken enough Insulin so that there is active metabolism going on, the sugar will eventually be noprmalized - even though you may have to raise the dose of Insulin to do this. If the Insulin is totally inadequate, the body begins to burn fat instead of sugar. The fat leads to ketones and then acidosis as everything gets worse. ...Read more

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What are some complications of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What are some complications of diabetic ketoacidosis?

Many: Low blood sugar, low potassium, death, brain swelling are possible. ...Read more

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How do CKD and dm relate to diabetic nephropathy?

How do CKD and dm relate to diabetic nephropathy?

Diabetic nephropathy: Diabetes (d) affects the kidney and can cause them to fail. The kidney disease caused by d is called "diabetic nephropathy" (dn). Before going into renal failure, those with diabetic nephropathy can go into various stages of ckd. Treatment of blood pressure elevations, proteinuria and blood glucose levels can lead to slowing of kidney failure due to dn. ...Read more

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Can hyperglycemia cause a diabetic coma?

Can hyperglycemia cause a diabetic coma?

Yes: If the hyperglycemia is high enough it can lead to diabetic coma. We call this hyperosmolar hyperglycemia coma or syndrome. Diabetes ketoacidosis coma is another form of diabetic coma but this one is caused by not having Insulin rather than the extreme hyperglycemia (which is just a sign for this coma). ...Read more

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How can diabetes cause neuropathy and extreme thirst?

How can  diabetes cause neuropathy and extreme thirst?

High glucose: The high blood glucose directly damages nerves, bit by bit, over time, causing the neuropathy. The high blood sugar also causes you to urinate a lot because glucose gets dumped into the urine. This will dehydrate you and cause a lot of thirst. ...Read more

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How does diabetes mellitus lead to diabetes ketoacidosis?

Sugar is the source : Sugar is the source of energy in the cells and if you dont have insulin, than glucose can not be used to produce energy.That makes body release a hormone which breaks down fat as an alternate source of energy, in this process there is production of ketones, too much ketones get in the blood and cause ketoacidosis it is more common in type 1 diabetes which is Insulin dependant, and if not enough insuli. ...Read more

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What should you do if a person with diabetes may have developed diabetes ketoacidosis(dka)?

What should you do if a person with diabetes may have developed diabetes ketoacidosis(dka)?

Get them evaluated: They need immediate evaluation and treatment. Take them to an emergency department near you or to their primary care physician. ...Read more

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Why does a patient with diabetes ketoacidosis have low blood pressure (90/60 mmhg)?

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Why does a patient with diabetes ketoacidosis have low blood pressure (90/60 mmhg)?

Fluid loss: The degree of dehydration associated with DKA is comparable to severe dehydration. ...Read more