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.
May 1, 2001
Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Grain Valley, Missouri, USA:
My 64 year old mother had type 1 diabetes for years and died suddenly about three months ago. The autopsy report stated that her her glucose level was 1150 mg/dl [63.9 mmol/L] and she had acetone, ethanol, and isopropanol present in her system. It also said that she had kidney failure and pneumonia, neither of which we knew of. I know that acetone can be produced by people with diabetes, but specifically what about the ethanol and isopropanol (rubbing alcohol?). My mother never drank! Does an extremely high glucose level cause acetone, ethanol, and isopropanol to be produced in the body?
Unfortunately, I cannot explain the presence of ethanol or isopropanol. Acetone can be produced from ketones in patients with diabetes.