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Why is hyperglycemia more dangerous than diabetic ketoacidosis?

Why is hyperglycemia more dangerous than diabetic ketoacidosis?

It isn't : Insulin deficiency causes hyperglycemia in people with diabetes. Mostly in type 1 patients, the longer the Insulin deficiency goes on, the higher the blood sugars might get. Eventually, the body makes ketones as an alternate fuel for heart and brain since glucose can't get into cells. The longer the ketosis lasts the more acid buildup which becomes dka. It is a medical emergency. ...Read more

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Dr. Marlon Levy
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Hyperglycemia (Definition)

A condition in which the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood is elevated beyond normal. It is a complication some people with ...Read more


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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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How do you manage diabetic ketoacidosis?

How do you manage diabetic ketoacidosis?

Complex: Hi. Diabetic ketoaciodosis (DKA) is a serious and life-threatening complication of diabetes. It is managed in the hospital (usually ICU) with insulin, IV fluids, and electrolte management; any underlying precipitating factor such as infection or MI must also be diagnosed and addressed. Contrary to popular belief, it occurs in both type 1 and type 2; type 1 is just more prone to it. Good luck! ...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 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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Could fruity odor on breath be diabetic ketoacidosis?

Could fruity odor on breath be diabetic ketoacidosis?

Possibly: Acetone on your breath could indicate impending dka. Check your blood sugar, urine ketones and if high, call your doctor for advise on immediate actions. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Definition)

A serious diabetes complication where the body produces ...Read more