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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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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

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Do people with diabetic ketoacidosis have a lot of pain?

Do people with diabetic ketoacidosis have a lot of pain?

DKA: Patients with DKA do not have pain related to the DKA itself, however they may complain from non-specific abodminal pain, which often resolves as the DKA is corrected. Dka also leads to deep and rapid breathing; if this goes on for an extended period of time it may cause discomfort around the chest wall and upper abdomen for excessive use of muscle for this type of breathing. ...Read more

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How could an emt, not a paramedic, deal with a person in diabetic ketoacidosis?

Transport: Hi. I view EMTs and paramedics similarly -stabilize and transport to a hospital. An EMT should be able to get a diabetic in DKA to the closest hospital ASAP, where the medical team can almost always save the patient. ...Read more

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Does diabetic ketoacidosis have a high mortality rate? Or are most people saved?

Does diabetic ketoacidosis have a high mortality rate? Or are most people saved?

Depends: If they have access to competent medical providers and hospital facilities most do well. If they do not, or delay seeking care for too long they often die.Diabetic deaths before the discovery/availability of insulin was often due to this complication. ...Read more

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Can diabetic ketoacidosis cayse raised lier enzymes?

Can diabetic ketoacidosis cayse raised lier enzymes?

By iself: NO but ketoacidsis is often an indication of an acute disorder and hepatitis is one of them! This needs to be evaluated further and it sounds like a HOSPITAL is indicated at this time Good luck Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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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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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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How to know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

How to know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

Get tested!: Hi. Both type 1's and type 2's can get diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). People in DKA are usually rather sick, often vomiting, and always dehydrated. It's a very easy to diagnose. Standard medical care of DKA is in a hospital with IV fluids, IV insulin, electrolyte management, and treatment of any precipitating conditions. If you're feeling pretty chipper and have very high sugar, it's prob not DKA. ...Read more

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Definition)

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