Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
January 13, 2002
Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Oxford, Ohio, USA:
During treatment for DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis], my grandmother started having leg cramps, and her blood sugar went from 800 mg/dl [44.4 mmol/L] to 300 mg/dl [16.7 mmol/L] over two hours. Were these just a sign of old age or were they related to the insulin infusion bringing her sugar level down too quickly?
That is pretty fast. However, another issue might be that low potassium, which occurs when patients receive insulin, may have caused the leg cramps. You can also get leg cramps if the muscle begins to swell with rehydration. Hopefully, this will be a temporary situation.