Prevention of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Prevention is always the best way to manage a medical condition. This is more important in case of serious medical conditions such as diabetic ketoacidosis. Prevention of diabetic ketoacidosis as well as most other complications of diabetes is not difficult, because controlling of blood glucose level optimal way can prevent complications of diabetes easily. Following ways can help prevent diabetic ketoacidosis (as well as all other diabetes complications),id-100160398

  • Optimal management of diabetes, i.e. Blood glucose level is the most important way to prevent any complications of diabetes including diabetic ketoacidosis. For this, one has to be committed and make healthy eating and regular physical exercise part of your lifestyle. If you take oral diabetic medications or insulin, stick to the time schedule and dosage regimen strictly.
  • Monitor your blood glucose level regularly. Preferably, you should monitor on your own using self-monitoring of blood glucose method by using glucometer (glucose meter) at home, which you can use on your own and check blood glucose whenever necessary. Ask your doctor about the number of times you need to check your blood glucose in a day or how frequently you need to check. It is very important to have round the clock blood sugar control (not only in fasting and post prandial blood glucose level) in diabetes to prevent complications.
  • You have higher risk of diabetic ketoacidosis, if you receive insulin for blood glucose control, because oral medications may not be sufficient for sugar control. If you receive insulin, adjust your insulin dosage according to your need and you must learn it from your doctor. You should be able to adjust insulin dosage depending on what you eat, how much you eat and various other factors.
  • If you are sick/ill or if you are under stress, you should check your ketone level in urine using kits that are available over-the-counter. If ketone level is moderately raised or high, consult your doctor immediately. Learn to adjust insulin dosage in such situations.
  • You should be able to act quickly in case you have diabetic ketoacidosis. If your home test kit for ketone shows high ketone level, you must be prepared to act quickly. Get emergency medical help, as soon as possible.

Complications of diabetes (including diabetic ketoacidosis) can have serious consequences, if not managed properly and urgently. However, the best way to manage diabetes complication is not to allow such things to happen in first place. Hence, best way is to prevent it.

 

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