Diabetes: The Dangers of Ketoacidosis

How does diabetes go hand in hand with ketoacidosis? Serious conditions can occur when you do not treat your hyperglycemia. One such illness is called diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition is a serious threat to your health if you have diabetes.

Patients that have contracted type one diabetes are at the highest risk to get ketoacidosis. People with type 2 diabetes do not have much of a risk of developing the condition ketoacidosis. This, of course, is if you still produce insulin. Even with reduced risk of ketoacidosis, you can still develop HHNS, which is a condition caused by blood sugar levels getting very high. You will be extremely dehydrated.

What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Ketoacidosis is a lack of insulin. This occurs in a diabetic when their body does not have the ability to use glucose. To continue to function, the body activates starvation conditions and starts to use fat for energy. The fat used to energize is changed into ketones. These ketones are used slower than they are produced. In turn, ketones in the blood rise up and enter the urine.

Keep in mind that ketoacidosis can set in if hyperglycemia isn’t treated as it should. Ketoacidosis normally begins and worsens over many hours. This is why recognizing the early signs of ketoacidosis is key to steering clear of ketoacidosis.

What are the Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

The following are signs of ketoacidosis as well as hyperglycemia:

  • Excessive thirst, dehydrated.
  • Large amount of urination.
  • Abdominal/stomach pain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Finding it hard to breathe.
  • A tint of fruit to the smell of your breath.
  • Urination containing ketones.

Remember to contact your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms shown above. Proper glucose monitoring and adherence to the prescribed medications and diet are paramount in decreasing the chances that you will ever develop ketoacidosis.

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