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Re: [IP] Risk involved with Rapid drops and DKA

I found this in the archives:

Subject: Re: [IP] Re: DKA Treatment
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 16:32:38 -0500

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.

Jan (62 y/o, T-1 11/5/50, pmpg 8/23/83) & Bluda Sue (MM507C 3/99)
http://maxpages.com/bludasue AND http://www.picturetrail.com/dmBASHpics
The trouble with most people is, they don't admit their mistakes. I would if
I had any. (~_^)
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