ketones and DKA

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Lanie G
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   Posted 8/23/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Who would normally be at risk for DKA?  If a person has blood sugar under control whether with or without meds, would he/she be at risk?  Does it more often happen with type 1s?  Thanks for some enlightenment.
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following low/no carb diet, no meds

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   Posted 8/23/2007 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lanie
I would have to say that if you are checking your readings you would be able to see a potential problem brewing and take steps to correct it. I have experienced a Dka that actually went into coma, but this was because I had went originally undiagnosed until the coma itself. Then some genius figured out what was wrong with me. (have to laugh or cry!)
After that time I hit some 300 and 400's and was able to go to the ER when in the 400's and they brought it down with IV.
I am not sure with type 2's.


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   Posted 8/24/2007 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
It is more common for people with type 1 than for type 2.  It doesn't happen until your blood sugar is extremely high.  Keeping a good eye on your blood sugars and getting help if the blood sugar is higher than you can deal with yourself should prevent dka.  Type 1's get it more often because they have to rely solely on the insulin they put into thier bodies. 

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