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jbhammon 07-12-2020 16:36

Ketoacidosis with low BS
 
I admit I've never been very good at managing my diabetes, but I do make efforts.

I tried to go keto a few years and was super excited when my blood sugar seemed to come into a reasonable range without insulin, so I stopped using the insulin but continued the other meds and things seemed good.

I don't remember all the details back then, but I crashed and burned. I got sick. So I just went LCHF but still had to use quite a bit of insulin. That was working, even though it was really hard, if not impossible, to keep my BS in a decent range.

So I tried the intermittent fasting. 8hrs eating, 16hrs not eating. I lost about 20 pounds and actually looking a little frail. But anyway, I crashed and burned again. I got really sick, weak, and my urine burned like the fires of hell. I thought I had kidney stones or a UTI, but doctor said no.

The skin on my hands and feet started to peel like crazy and I got a massive cyst on my stomach, (grossest thing ever). My sugars were generally under 200 (good for me) and I thought everything was getting better.

But it seems that even with a reasonable BS level, I wasn't getting enough glucose into my organs.

But now I have swelling in my feet, a little numbness in my toes, shooting numbness up my neck.

I eat enough carbs that I'm not afraid to take a healthy dose of insulin
but I'm hoping that I haven't done so much damage I cannot recover from the other symptoms.

Wisdom is welcome.

itissteve 07-12-2020 17:03

Hi, jb (if I may call you that :smile2:)!

The first thought that comes to my mind is if your doctor has tested you for LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults)? It may be that what looked like Type 2 when you started has moved closer to Type 1. If he or she hasn't done this already, have your doctor check your c-peptide levels. You may need different treatment than managing solely by diet.

mbuster 07-12-2020 17:41

I agree with itissteve, you should get checked for type 1 antibodies. There are about 5 different tests that can be given.

At or above 200 BG is not a good thing for anybody. Damage is occurring above 140. The sooner you get it down below that level, the more likely you will be to recover from damage that has been done.

About the title, Ketoacidosis does not occur with low blood sugars, but 200 is not low.

jbhammon 07-15-2020 20:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by itissteve (Post 1326947)
Hi, jb (if I may call you that [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.diabetesforum.com/images/smilies/smile.png[/IMG])!

The first thought that comes to my mind is if your doctor has tested you for LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults)? It may be that what looked like Type 2 when you started has moved closer to Type 1. If he or she hasn't done this already, have your doctor check your c-peptide levels. You may need different treatment than managing solely by diet.

So I got the test done for the LADA but three days later I'm still waiting for the results. I appreciate the wisdom that you have shared. Sometimes find it hard to trust the doctors because their solutions don't off to work for me. I have found better answers from friends and forms through many my ordeals.

Thanks for the advice and I will keep you updated about the results.

jbhammon 07-24-2020 01:12

So the C Peptides test came back. The result was 1.2. My doctor hasn't called me to talk about what that means.

It turns out that part of what is going on with me that is that I have a cancer/tumor in my abdomen.

A type 1 diabetic is 0.5. Apparently the scale tells a lot.

Does anyone have insight on this?

mbuster 07-24-2020 03:41

C-peptide is a byproduct of your natural insulin production. It basically tells you how much insulin your body is producing. If its lower than normal you are not producing much insulin and could be type 1 diabetic. If it is higher than normal you are producing a lot of insulin and are probably insulin resistant type 2. There are several things that low or high test results mean though, You can check this out for more details.

Do keep us posted.

itissteve 07-24-2020 04:09

Thanks for the update, jb. I'm sorry to hear about the tumor, but better to know that now, I suppose. Hope you get to speak with the doctor soon.


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