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What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

Complication of DM : If the body does not have enough Insulin to carry sugar into the cells for energy, the body begins to use a backup energy plan breaking down fat. This creates ketones which build up in the body and create an acidic change in the body.Since the enzymes work best in a balanced environment you feel sickly & nauseated.As the process continues the metabolism breaks down & bad things happen(you can die). ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Definition)

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What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

Insulin deficiency: Hi DKA is a serious manifestation of insulin deficiency. DKA is more likely in type 1's, but given the vastly greater number of type 2's, there's a lot of type 2 DKA also. ...Read more

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What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

Ketoacidosis: Most often this reflects a very high blood sugar but that is not always the reason. YOU SHOULD GO IMMEDIATELY TO A LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM!! ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

DKA: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a medical emergency with a significant morbidity and mortality. It should be diagnosed promptly and managed intensively. DKA usually develops within 24 hours. DKA typically presents with polyuria and polydipsia, vomiting, dehydration and, if severe, an altered mental state, including coma. http://patient.info/doctor/diabetic-ketoacidosis ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

Diabetes: ketoacidosis is severe dehydration and high glucose where the body shifts to fat metabolism leading to ketone formation and acidosis. It is a very severe and dangerous acute metabolic abnormality, which is a medical emergency but definitely treatable by hydration, insulin, correction of the precipitating factors and other support. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What are common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

ItsDangerousTakeCare: At the point that you are getting into that range of illness, you just generally feel like s--t. If you haven't been keeping up with your fluids, you'll be thirsty and weak. Having lost vital electrolytes, you'll feel 30 years older.Sick to your stomach.Tired.And, often something kicks all that off like an infection, which adds to the misery.BUT...sometimes it's subtle, just minor symptoms. Beware ...Read more

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What can cause hypovolemia in diabetic ketoacidosis?

What can cause hypovolemia in diabetic ketoacidosis?

Hypovolemia: It is the ketoacidosis that contributes to the hypovolemia. Do not pass go or collect 200 - go straight to the Emergency Room without delay! ...Read more

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Dad feels a bit nauseas today. At what point should we suspect diabetic ketoacidosis rather than just "dont feel good today"? Hes a diabetic

Dad feels a bit nauseas today. At what point should we suspect diabetic ketoacidosis rather than just "dont feel good today"? Hes a diabetic

"Diabetic": Your Dad is not a diabetic - he has "diabetes"! With careful attention over time he can get rid of diabetes. Please help Dad link up with a diabetes specialist. The diabetes won't go away overnight, may take several weeks. Please keep reminding him that he can beat diabetes. If Dad is substantially overweight he should discuss this also with the diabetes specialist. Please keep me informed. ...Read more