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Hyperglycemia and DKA

Whenever I get ketones I get a burning sensation that is very painful in my throat. Is this caused by ketones and what exactly is going on?

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I have a five year old son who has experienced several of the noted symptoms of DKA. Over the last two years he is always having headaches, recently over the last three weeks he has started vomiting from time to time. Would a urine test confirm the existence of DKA?

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We have been considering the use of the insulin pump to help control our six year old son’s blood sugars, but are alarmed at the fact that DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) occurs twice as much (or twice as often) in pump users. Are there any steps being taken to help correct this situation?

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Can diabetic ketoacidosis be caused by continuous binge eating?

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My 12 year old son is on 70/30 insulin and his blood sugars are usually 90-150 mg/dl [5-8.3 mmol/L], but at times it is out of control and post meals shoots up to 180 mg/dl [10 mmol/L], especially if he has cold and cough. Is this normal?

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I am a 14 year old female. I have been having a lot of trouble with my morning blood sugars. I always wake up over 15 mmol/L. My parents want me to go on the insulin pump. At first I thought this would be a good idea, but now the thought of having something inside of me all the time freaks me out.

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I have read in a diabetic guideline for pets entitled Diabetic Mellitus in the Dog and Cat by Dr. Abrams-Ogg that adding a drop of hydrogen peroxide to a urine sample can change the ketone d-hydroxybutyrate to acetoacetate which can then be detected by a urine ketone test strip. Can you verify this?

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My wife, 32, has been a Type 1 diabetic since age 11 years. Now, 3 weeks ago, she got an insulin pump with lispro. Is DKA an inevitable result of blood readings above 250 mg/dl, even if the pump is working and the blood readings are simply a result of wrong eating?

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My mother, who was not known to have diabetes at the time, was in renal failure and severely dehydrated for over five days before her blood sugar was discovered to be very high. Can a period of 5 to 10 days with extremely high blood sugars cause brain damage?

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Last weekend, my cousin ran out of insulin for his pump and didn’t bother to fill his prescription right away. He said he got “busy” and went to bed without reinserting his pump. A couple of days later he was taken to the ER in DKA, and the doctor told him it was actually a good thing he hadn’t reinserted. Why?

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