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.
July 22, 2002
Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Scotland:
If a teenage child who is insulin dependent consumes large amounts of sugar over long periods of time, therefore reducing the effects of insulin in his body would this cause DKA?
I don’t know if anyone has ever done a scientific experiment on this, but I am strongly of the opinion that sweet eating alone does not bring on DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis]. It has to be combined with inadequate insulin — usually missing injections and/or viral infections. Basically, lack of attention to detail is the issue.