DKA : What does this Mean? I Think It Is Related, but not sure

By Latest Reply 2008-12-09 22:04:06 -0600
Started 2008-12-06 07:22:49 -0600

I am embarassed to say that I do not know what this means either. Is it just a reply (abbreviated) or is it for a specific type of diabetes?

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Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-09 22:04:06 -0600 Report

Ketoacidosis is a serious condition that usually occurs only in people with type 1 diabetes. When youbody does not have enough insulin, it cannot use sugar as fuel, even though your blood sugar levels may be high. Instead your body starts to burn fat for fuel, and ketones are produced as a result. As ketone levels rise in the bloodstream, they cause a serious illness called ketoacidosis…Debe

vgarrison 2008-12-07 13:48:10 -0600 Report

DKA is a very very scary experience…this is how I was diagnosed as a diabetic. I was throwing up everything for 3 or 4 days…sleeping 18 hours a day…cranky with everyone and everything…I had the sahara desert in my mouth, and I was starving all the time.

I went into the ER and found that my BG level was 618…I had an A1c test done a few weeks ago and I'm at 10.7 so they think I have been diabetic for awhile and just didn't realise it.

I was admitted into the ICU right away and then transfered to a regular room after 2 days…all in all in the hospital for 4 days…It was one of the scariest things I have gone thru so far in my life…as well as my family.

This is something that can happen if you don't check your sugars regularly or don't take your medicine when prescribed…


2008-12-07 14:38:19 -0600 Report

That does sound scary; I am sorry you had to go through it and hope people do catch this in time to stop its' progress. I will definetely head your warning. Thanks Claudia

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-07 18:31:03 -0600 Report

Actually, that's how I was diagnosed as well. I had lost abot 30lbs in a month, extreme thirst, sitting down and "waking up" 20 minutes later wondering what had happened. Not fun at all. I empathize with you!

Anita3kids 2008-12-06 20:30:45 -0600 Report

Hello All, I am a newbie to the site. I am 42, on SSD and am 42, was a nurse.
I"m pretty sure you know what this is, if not you know where to find me.

Anita3kids 2008-12-06 20:31:35 -0600 Report

oops sorry Sparrow, didn't see your reply I'm having a "Homer-moment" I think we were both typing at the same time lol

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-07 18:27:30 -0600 Report

No problem. It's good when two people say the same thing… helps the ol' "credibility" factor. :-). Seeing as you're a nurse, I hope you'll have time to add your first hand, in-depth medical knowledge!

Glad you're here.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-06 20:26:21 -0600 Report

Diabetic ketoacidosis. This is when you have little to no insulin and your blood sugar gets extremely high. It can feel like fatigue, drowsiness, extreme thirst, a "fruity" smell to the breath. Eventually, if left untreated, it can lead to a coma. While the blood sugar IS that high, it is doing damage to the vital organs of the body.

Simply put, when the body can't use the glucose in the system (due to the lack of insulin), the liver produces "ketones" that act as another kind of "fuel" for the body (it is produced by using fatty deposits).