Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperglycemia


Being a diabetic, it is common knowledge that having high blood sugar is not a good thing to have. Not only will you feel bad but your A1C results will not be satisfactory. Hyperglycemia is the technical term used for periods of high blood sugar.

Treated with regular doses of Insulin and a controlled regiment of carbohydrates, hyperglycemia can be very manageable. However if hyperglycemia is uncontrolled for long periods of time (several days-weeks), you will begin to have ketones and acid in your blood stream and begin to show signs of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).  And unfortunately you will more then likely have to spend some time in the hospital, like I had to when I developed DKA (not fun).

Some of the DKA symptoms that I had and for you to be on the look out for if you are Diabetic or suspect you might have Diabetes are:

1. Weight Loss

2. Frequent Urination

3. Dehydration

4. Loss of Appetite

5. Foul/Fruity Breath

6. Lack of Bowel Movements

7. Rapid Heart Rate

8. Heavy Breathing/Get Winded Too Easily

9. Fatigue

If you are showing signs of several of these symptoms, please see your physician as soon as possible.  If untreated DKA and Hyperglycemia can be very dangerous and detrimental to your health.

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