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Why is hyperglycemia more dangerous than diabetic ketoacidosis?

It is not. It depends on the degree of hyperglycemia but diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) is very dangerous and potentially "deadly." hyperglycemia can sometime be treated with increasing fluid intake, increasing Insulin or oral medication dosages (outpatient) whereas DKA patients are typically hospitalized for IV fluid and IV Insulin treatment. Read more...
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...

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...
Complication. Hyperglycemia is high blood sugar. Dka is a complication of type 1 diabetes when control has decompensated beyond only high blood sugars. For blood sugars over 250 mg/dl, i advise my patients to check their urine for ketones. Early detection and treatment of urinary ketones can prevent DKA - a life-threatening metabolic emergency. Read more...