Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

by admin on December 3, 2016

If you have diabetes, you must know what ketoacidosis is, because left untreated, it is a condition that can lead to serious implications. Being familiar with the following signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis can save your life.

First before we dig deep into signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis, let’s start with getting familiar with the term ketoacidosis. This is the condition when our body produces ketones, which is the by-product of our own metabolism when our body starts burning fat instead of glucose.

Ketones are basically some form of acids which exist in the blood and they also appear in the urine. This usually happens when the build up of ketones in our blood is high and our body does not have enough insulin. Normally, our body will turn carbohydrates into glucose for energy, which is used by our cells and tissues. When our body’s cells do not get enough energy from glucose, they will start burning fat to get the energy needed.

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The side effect of this is that our body can have a high level of ketones. Why is this bad? This is a dangerous condition because high levels of ketones can lead to serious condition such as diabetic coma, or even death.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Now that we know how ketoacidosis happens, we need to understand the next step which is to know the signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis.

The first and most important signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis is the presence of high ketones level in your urine. That is a sign that the diabetes condition is out of control and you are getting sick. The reason is because if the level of ketones is too high, they can poison your body. This poisoning of the body by ketones is what is called ketoacidosis.

The other symptoms are very similar to the usual diabetes signs, such as nausea, trembling, feeling weak, vomiting, frequent urination, thirst, dry mouth, and sweating. These signs are not definitive, so you have to check your urine with the physician to know for sure.

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Ketoacidosis is a condition that is normally associated with type 1 diabetes, where the body does not produce insulin. It is rare in people with type 2 diabetes, because the body still produces insulin although the body is not responding effectively to it. However it may happen to type 2 diabetes patients especially if they have poor health, or if they are older.

Now that we know the signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis, what is the treatment? Unfortunately the only effective treatment is hospitalization. However, the good news is that modern technology allows you to detect ketones with a simple urine test. You use a test strip which is similar to the glucose strip you use to test your blood level. Please check with your physician if this is something that you need to worry about. The regular physical examination will be able to tell you if you are in danger of having high ketones level and in need of a regular ketones test at home.

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Cure For Type 1 Diabetes 2012

by admin on December 2, 2016

For decades scientists have been trying to find the cause of diabetes, as well as the cure for diabetes. While type 2 diabetes can be managed, and in many cases even reversed, by employing a good combination of diet and exercise, the cure for type 1 diabetes remains elusive. Until today.

Cure for type 1 diabetes 2012 – the background

We all know that type 2 diabetes develops slowly and gradually, most likely starts in adulthood, usually due to sedentary lifestyle and in many cases for being overweight. However, type 1 diabetes is quite different. It usually starts early (in childhood), and it happens relatively quickly. As mentioned above, type 2 diabetes can be managed by making sure we eat a good and healthy diet, preferably low in GI index, combined with a good exercise regimen. Unfortunately, type 1 diabetes can only be managed with insulin.

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For many years researchers have looked for a cure for type 1 diabetes. Progress has been made, and now we have just got good news in 2012.

Researchers at the University of Colorado claimed that they have found a cure for type 1 diabetes. That is the good news. The so not good news is that the cure at this time has been proven to be working in mice only. They announced that the research team will determine if it could prevent the disease in humans as well after further research and tests.

Cure for type 1 diabetes 2012 – how does it work?

One of the researchers, Dr. David Wagner, said that the secret was in T-cells. He was able to isolate the specific T-cells that he suspects attack the pancreas and cause the onset of most type 1 diabetes. As we know pancreas is where our insulin is produced.

Dr. Wagner and his team have developed a drug that works in mice by attacking those bad cells. According to the statement from the team, this finding can have a big implication to the research of finding the cure for type 1 diabetes. At this time, this specific drug is called “cd40 inhibitory peptide”, although this is still an unofficial name.

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Cure for type 1 diabetes 2012 – will this work?

So far the researchers are not sure that this will work on humans as well, but previous studies have shown that any finding on mice will have a huge success factor in finding the cure in humans.

At this time, they are certain that it has an impressive effect on mice. The drug cd40 inhibitory peptide has proven not only preventing mice from developing diabetes, it is shown to also reverse the effects of type 1 diabetes in mice that already have the disease, similar to how diet and exercise works on reducing the symptom of type 2 diabetes in humans.

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Cure for type 1 diabetes 2012 – the next steps

What needs to be done now is for the team to get the FDA approval for human trials. This type of trial will usually last at least one year, and it will take several more years before the drug can be produced and sold commercially, once again after getting FDA approval.

Based on previous experience, we can expect the drug to reach the market in the next 5 to 10 years.

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