A Brief Note On Diabetic Ketoacidosis : A Dangerous Condition
Diabetes is more dangerous than most people assume, and so it becomes easy for many diabetics to get lax in their efforts to manage the disease.
Today I want to talk about some of the very real dangers diabetes poses if left unchecked. This blog post isn’t meant to scare you… oh no wait, yes it is. I want to scare you into taking better care of yourself or helping a loved one care more about this disease.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a very dangerous condition that can occur when patients neglect to take their insulin. Since insulin is necessary to break down glucose as a source of energy, the body then turns to body fat as a fuel source.
While you may think that burning fat for fuel sounds like a great idea, it’s not in this case. This process of using fat and not glucose for fuel leads to a buildup of byproducts called ‘ketones’ making the blood very acidic.
If left unchecked, diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to a diabetic coma and even death. Symptoms of the condition include difficulty breathing, acute abdominal pain, dehydration, weakness and vomiting. If you or a loved one is diabetic and experiencing these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
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