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.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Why am I pointing to KPD's as the bad guys here? I mean don't we pet animals? Aren't we nice to children? Yeah, all the above but I didn't say we aren't nice, I said that we are the bad guys. You just have to look at what we are and it all becomes clear. We are the essence of mystery, magic, tragedy, conquest and redemption. In other words, we are Hollywood, big time.
The first thing is our air of mystery. We are so mysterious that we don't even know about ourselves. Imagine a superhero with secret powers who doesn't know it because he has to know the secret word or situation to invoke his powers. Well, he doesn't know about his secret power because no one has ever told him such a power exists and the secret word or situation are kind of locked up in never never land. So he goes about his ordinary life doing ordinary things without a hint of the secret locked inside of him.
Okay, so we've got mystery here. Now we go for the magic. The KPD wanders through life until for some reason, maybe it was a pizza party or a triple double banana chocolate split, the magic happens. The blood sugar goes through the roof. A nurse asks him in Emergency, "How long have you been a diabetic?" Diabetic? He answers, "Ten seconds". Anyway, out of nowhere, magically, the KPD becomes a diabetic. He doesn't get to be the guy who has to give up the donuts. He gets the death sentence. He's a Type 1! A week ago he was just Joe Schmoo, now he's on death row.
This is, at least, the greater publics perception of being T1: bland foods, needles and then your body parts start getting hacked off. They don't know some of the party beast T1's we know but before we were anointed with the "Big D", we pretty much had the same view.
Life's over. It's just a matter of time. There's the brave fight in intensive care and he battles his way through only to find himself, stabbing his fingers daily, sticking needles in his body and chasing wild blood sugars around as he tries to keep up with the ADA rule of eating 300 g of carbs a day.
Then it happens, some how some where, he hears of a cure. It involves eating meat, or protein, or raw vegetables, could be anything. The point is that he starts working this new system and his need for insulin goes down and continues to go down till eventually he doesn't need to take insulin. His A1c is normal. His FBG's are fantastic and the Lipid profile is to die for. The diabetes is cured!
There you have it, all the Hollywood drama you could want and with a happy ending. I mean it's all there. Type 1 takes the cure and within 30 days, he's off insulin and living a normal life.
I love a good story but let's look under the hood here. Most KPD's are very sudden onset, most of them don't show diabetic FBG's six months before winding up in ER. If they are thin, like me, they are going to be diagnosed as T1 and standard practice for DKA is a insulin regimen. If they continue eating the "healthy food pyramid", which is low fat and high carb, they will continue to have to take insulin. Once the problem of diet is solved. They will have both more energy and lower blood sugars and as a consequence will lose weight and be more active. TADA! The miracle of a diabetic cure.
Of course, the real trick is knowing the secret word. Ketosis Prone Type 2 Diabetes.