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Ketones in Type 2's?

Discussion in 'Adults with Type 2' started by onthego, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. onthego

    onthego Approved members

    Nov 2, 2008
    Just out of curiosity... do Type 2's ever have to worry about ketones? My sis in law has Type 2... during her recent pregnancy she was on insulin but not anymore... says she's never heard of ketones. ???
  2. Flutterby

    Flutterby Approved members

    Nov 11, 2006
    Type 2s can get ketones, but its less likely because their pancreas still makes insulin, that insulin, even if its a little bit, keeps the ketones away. But they can still happen.. just not as often..
  3. deafmack

    deafmack Approved members

    Sep 22, 2006
    Yes, people with type 2 can get ketones especially if they are insulin dependent. The one thing that type 2 has to watch out for is HHNS Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Nonketonic Syndrome which is extremely high blood sugars without ketones that can be fatal if not treated. In fact if a person has a blood sugar above 300 we tell them to go to the ER especially if they have symptoms.
    The general practice is to use insulin for gestational diabetes instead of meds because of the side effects of the meds for type 2. So the person with gestational diabetes will most likely be on insulin or diet and exercise. Hope that helps.

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