Patient Comments: Diabetes - Acute Complication

What causes your blood sugar readings to spike, and what action do you take to lower them?

A Doctor's View on Diabetic Ketoacidosis Symptoms

Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Diabetic ketoacidosis can be a medical emergency. In people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, it is caused by high blood glucose levels from taking too little insulin or when ill or not feeling well. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis are excessive thirst, fast pulse, urinating frequently, a breath odor that has a fruity smell, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and more. Diagnosis and treatment information is included. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: pankaj, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I am a diabetic type 1 since last 40 years and was under medication. But since 3 months, I am on insulin Novolog 70/30 insulin asphalt, and I am Injecting (Felix Pen) 41 units in the morning before breakfast and 13 units before dinner. But my blood glucose is always high before dinner and before bed. I almost measure every day. I wonder what the maximum unit is that can be consumed per day, I assume it is 1 unit/kg of the total weight of your body.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

I'm a Pharmacist by profession, but in spite of knowing details of my chronic diseases � type 2 diabetes and essential hypertension, I was not able to constantly maintain my blood sugar. Unfortunately an episode occurred mid-December while I was on duty in the Hospital. I had a silent-type Ventricular Tachycardia emergency.This was the cause of uncontrolled blood sugar. Readers are advised to be careful and health providers to gain knowledge out of this incident.

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Comment from: joeo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

When I eat, it reaches its peak reading about two hours afterwards. My best control is after prolonged walking or exercise at a pace suitable for a 70-year-old. Perhaps 4 to 5 hours of walking and taking along suitable drinks and food, including fruit, also helps. The good effect seems to last for several days after a day's walk.

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Comment from: Blinky, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I find that stress really affects my blood sugar levels. Walking does help to bring them down. I don't normally eat sweets, but if I have a large portion my blood sugar levels spike. I think it's the influx of all of the glucose at once.

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Comment from: SugarDaddy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I ate a small piece of cake for my daughter's birthday because that kind of thing is allowed according to my dietitian. However, my blood sugar spiked much higher than it should have. I took a walk and it helped some. Does anyone else have a similar problem?

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