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Hyperglycemia and DKA

This past weekend, I had a very serious DKA episode, which I believe, having ruled everything else out, may have been the result of heavy stress. Currently my blood sugar is 100 mg/dl [5.5 mmol/L], but I’m still showing moderate amounts of ketones. I can’t seem to shake them! What could cause such high ketones with normal blood sugar, and how do I go about correcting it?

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My five year old son, who has had diabetes about a year, sometimes has extremely high blood sugars which we cannot relate to insulin, food or stress, and I recently read something about the influence of growth hormone. Can you tell me something more about the influence of these hormones on my five year old son’s blood sugars?

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What is the highest blood sugar level in a diabetes patient in the United States ever recorded after being bought in to a hospital emergency room for treatment?

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How long can a diabetic coma last? When a person comes out of it, is it possible to have amnesia?

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My sister, who has had diabetes for about 15 years, has never really had it under control (under 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L] is good for her). She is inconsistent with a time table on taking her insulin shots. Recently, she was admitted to the hospital with an extremely high blood sugar. What are the potential problems of her sugar level having been so high?

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Since a steroid injection two weeks ago, I have been having extremely high blood sugars, even with significantly more insulin. Should I go to the ER?

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I have been reducing my daughter’s Lantus since she is more active outside. I am afraid of low blood sugars. Could the reduction have cause her high blood sugar after swimming?

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My son was recently in the ER in DKA. They gave him fluids, checked his potassium and pH. They released him after nine hours, he still had large ketones. Wasn’t this dangerous? Why did he still have large ketones? Why wouldn’t they call our pediatric endocrinologist?

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My cleaning person had to go to the Emergency Room for a very high blood sugar. In addition to insulin and intravenous fluids, she had dialysis, which I don’t understand. Why would she have undergone dialysis?

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I am a teacher with a six year old student recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He is often violent towards other students, defiant and non-complaint. His parents claim he behaves this way because of high blood sugars. Is this possible?

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