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[IP] DK or DKA?

>>> When I called her pediatrician he told me
that I could have killed her by giving her 20 units of insulin at one time.
25 units didn't even bring her blood sugars down.  Because of her high
numbers she went into dk and was sick and now it's weds and she still isn't
herself although her numbers have somewhat come down. >>>

Does DK mean Diabetic Ketosis? Since DKA  is Diabetic KetoAcidosis, that
requires hospitalization and intensive treatment. Here is the description
written by another IPer:

Many people do not know the distinction between ketosis and ketoacidosis.
You CAN be in ketosis for 2 months, but not in ketoacidosis. Ketosis means
that your body is burning fat for energy because it's not getting enough
glucose into the cells, whether from lack of insulin or lack of food. At
that level, the blood chemistry is still relatively normal and the chief
symptom is losing weight, with excessive thirst and hunger. If it goes on
long enough, nausea becomes more frequent than hunger.

Nearly every Type 1 (or their parents) can remember those kinds of symptoms
before diagnosis, and sometimes they DO last for weeks or months before
going into crisis. You also see ketosis in starvation, extremely low-carb
weight-loss diets, and severe alcoholism.

Ketoacidosis, on the other hand, is when the process has gone wild, and the
blood chemistry has become distinctly abnormal, with a build-up of excess
acid products. Symptoms include nausea, heavy breathing, dehydration,
stupor, coma, and finally, death.

Ketoacidosis is a life-or-death emergency. In a Type 1 diabetic, ketosis is
also an emergency, primarily because it will turn into ketoacidosis,
and is too dangerous to risk. In a non-diabetic, ketosis is not likely to
turn into ketoacidosis because the insulin supply is there, and as
soon as the person gets carbs, ketone production stops.

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