Category Archives: Ketoacidosis

AskNadia: Convicted of a DUI Because of My DKA

Dear Nadia: I was arrested and charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) while experiencing DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and was convicted. There was no information any doctor would elaborate on. My attorney said there was no other option than to plead guilty. Vic B Dear Vic: I am sorry to hear about you’re your … Continue reading AskNadia: Convicted of a DUI Because of My DKA

AskNadia: My Wife is A Type 1 Diabetic Who Skips Taking Her Insulin

Dear Nadia, My wife has been a type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and I worry about her because she does not always take her insulin. She is trim and seems fine but how can it be OK to skip taking your insulin? JM Dear JM: If your wife is on a CGM and is … Continue reading AskNadia: My Wife is A Type 1 Diabetic Who Skips Taking Her Insulin

In The Diabetes Trenches: DKA SURVEY—State-by-State Breakdown as Promised

By Diabetes Dad As a follow-up to the survey I took in the diabetes community, I promised a state-by-state breakdown of some of the results.  If it helps when/if you meet with your state representative, feel free to use it, just be clear on how the data was acquired (that it is not completely scientific etc. … Continue reading In The Diabetes Trenches: DKA SURVEY—State-by-State Breakdown as Promised

Child and Teen Deaths from Diabetes Plummet Over 41-Year Period

Gratifying news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The overall death rate from diabetes among children 19 years and younger plummeted 61 percent over the years 1968 through 2009. The CDC published the statistic in its November 1 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Among the findings it reported: There was a 78 percent … Continue reading Child and Teen Deaths from Diabetes Plummet Over 41-Year Period

My Pump Almost Killed Me… Twice

One of the greatest technological advancements in diabetes care has been the insulin pump.  For one, it gives you the illusion of being “normal” because you no longer have to inject insulin throughout the day. Instead, you “bolus” by pushing a button on the pump itself or using a remote control. It allows better glucose … Continue reading My Pump Almost Killed Me… Twice

Fire In My Veins: A Story of Ketoacidosis

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 14 long years. During that time, I have had five episodes of ketoacidosis, two of which were brought on by emotional stress.  The one that happened eight years ago, shortly after the meltdown of a serious relationship, lives vividly in my memory. Usually I jump out of bed to … Continue reading Fire In My Veins: A Story of Ketoacidosis

What Are Ketones, and Why Are They Important to Diabetes Self-Management?

All blood tests are tools. Some are to diagnose diabetes, some are to help you manage your diabetes on a daily or long term basis and some are to keep you safe. People with diabetes are told about blood testing and how important testing is to manage their blood glucose. It is a critical part … Continue reading What Are Ketones, and Why Are They Important to Diabetes Self-Management?