The accepted knowledge is that Diabetes destroys gradually over years. Ketosis Prone Type 2 diabetes is an acute form of type 2. This type 2 can reach fasting blood sugars of 300 or higher in months. This blog brings together all the documentation that I could find in the world and my speculation of what it means for KPD’s in specific and diabetics in general. I ask you to leave your stories about what happened to you so that we can all gain a better understanding of what we are dealing with.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I've not done this before so you will just have to bear with me. I'll try to have scientific citations and I will also try to explain them to the best of my understanding.
Here's a common story.
You're about fifty years old and you've been working in the back yard. It's been pretty hot so you've been drinking iced tea. Over the last week, you've been kind of drinking to much tea and having to go to the bathroom at night so you've been trying to cut back but you have been thirsty.
You come back into house and stand in the kitchen munching on a few teacakes. You're thirsty, got to go to the bathroom and you're a bit woozy. You wait a little bit, probably a bit of blood pressure. Suddenly, your wife pulls you into a chair and calls your name. You snap out of it. You're nauseous, weak and you're having a hard time catching your breath. 911 is called and the next thing you know you're in a hospital with all kinds of tubes running out of you and they're telling you you're diabetic and you're in ketoacidosis.
Diabetes? You were at the doctor's office six months ago for your checkup but you're blood sugar was fine. I mean, were having some problems with being stiff and tired but, let's face it, fifty means a certain amount of aches and pains.
A couple of days later you're home and are taking blood sugar readings and giving yourself insulin shots. You have to admit you're feeling better and your blood sugars are going down. The surprise is that they keep going down and now after only a month or so from joining the diabetic masses you are introduced to a new term - hypos.
The same dose of insulin that brought you down to normal is now taking you to low blood sugars. This is just great. You almost go into a coma from not having insulin and now you almost go into a coma from having too much. The docs tell you to keep reducing the insulin till finally they have to take you off insulin completely. They give you Metaformin and tell you to watch your diet and get some exercise and off you go.
Two months ago, you were a regular joe then you became a type 1 diabetic. Another month later, you're off insulin and now you're a type 2 diabetic. What nexts, type 3?
Welcome to the world of Ketosis Prone Diabetes! Pull up a chair, sit down because we have a lot to talk about.