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Hyperglycemia and DKA

Can you explain the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? Can people with type 2 have insulin shock or DKA?

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I have had diabetes for almost 15 years, and I just now had a recent episode with DKA. What would be a common sign that DKA is approaching? How would it be easily prevented (if at all) at home or where ever you are without going to the hospital?

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My husband, who has had diabetes for over 10 years, had his prostate removed eight years ago, and last year the doctors said the cancer had spread to his lung and leg. His blood sugars are somewhat high. Could the high readings affect the cancer?

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My 15 year daughter, diagnosed about nine months ago, has always had very good control, but this week she started having extremely high blood sugars and ketones. Her doctor has responded by dramatically increasing her insulin, but the best we can do is get her down to 300 mg/dl [16.7 mmol/L]. Is there anything else we can do?

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My daughter lives with her mother so I am unable to know at times if everything is being done as it should be, and she is having bouts of ketoacidosis every two to three weeks which usually require a one to two day hospital stay. I checked yesterday, and she has been admitted to the hospital fourteen times during 2002. I keep asking what else can we do?

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I have had type 1 for about two years. Recently, I have been having high blood sugars and moderate to high ketones. Is this something I need to worry about? When should I contact my doctor?

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The first two physicians my son saw told me to keep my son home if his sugar is over 350 mg/dl [19.4 mmol/L], but the third says send him to school no matter how high it is or to bring him in. Are the first two doctors right or is this one? At what glucose level should I not send my son to school? Should I send him no matter what?

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My endocrinologist put me on hydrochlorothiazide and Altace for high blood pressure. Do I have to worry about the hydrochlorothiazide causing higher blood sugars?

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How does extreme heat affect diabetes management? I am concerned because my daughter plays volleyball in a very hot building and has a high blood sugar afterwards.

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What rights does my daughter have related to gym class participation? She gets so stressed out about showering that her blood sugars go over 600 mg/dl [33.3 mmol/L].

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