Posted 24 May 2008 - 12:38 AM
High blood sugars, throwing up, ketones, you name it I probably had it.
Well it got really bad Wednesday, and we called the endo she said testy evry 15 minutes and take 12 units of humalog every 60-90 minutes. I did that and I was still having the High readings and ketones at large.
So today I was feeling real bad again, called my mom, she came home and said we had to go to the hospital. I didn't want to go, but I did. We were there for a few hours, they drew blood and checked my BS, it was 143. They came back with the test results and said well you don't have DKA you have starvation ketoacidosis. I was like and whats that? They said it was from not eating, or eating very little. Well lately I have been eating very little or nothing at all. And thats what was causing my BS to go sky high, and the ketones. I never knew that. So that would explain why I feel sick until I eat something. Very weird.
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Posted 24 May 2008 - 12:59 AM
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Posted 24 May 2008 - 01:08 AM
Yeah, you can definitely get ketones from not getting enough calories, but an important distinction to make is ketosis vs. ketoacidosis. Ketosis means the presence of ketones in the blood. Ketoacidosis is the much more dangerous cousin where ketones are so overwhelming to the body that it changes the body's pH and overall electrolyte balance- bad news. You can get ketosis from not eating enough, but ketoacidosis pretty much only happens in DKA.
Posted 24 May 2008 - 01:44 AM
As long as there is adequate insulin, not eating won't make BS go up. Weren't you inject your insulin, or were you sick?
... lately I have been eating very little or nothing at all. And thats what was causing my BS to go sky high, and the ketones. ...
In my humble opinion :wink:
Type1 since 1977
now using a pump
Posted 24 May 2008 - 10:24 AM
When you are starving because you do not have insulin to let nutrients into your cells (oversimplification, but you get the idea) you eventually go into ketoacidosis. Being dehydrated makes it worse. This is dangerous and is what Funnygirl was describing.
People hear the "keto" at the beginning and think these two conditions are the same.
A type 1 diabetic always needs a little insulin on board (basal) even when sick or not eating to prevent ketoacidosis. That is why it is so important to know what your body needs just to maintain--your basal insulin.
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