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Ketoacidosis with low BS

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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.
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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.
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.
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