Hi all, I just found this forum, though I've been to CWD many times over the past 9 months. Sorry this is ending up so long... I have a question regarding ketones. Our daughter Laura was dx with Type 1, 10 months ago in the ER, where I had taken her because of severe weight loss (she was down to 72 lbs) and the drinking/peeing thing, etc. The ER nurse tried to encourage us to go home and seek counseling for anorexia (WHATEVER!)....but that's another story. Anyway, Laura's bg was 834. A1C was 27.3! So she'd obviously had high bg levels for a while. No ketones. Never any ketones since then. A good thing, except.....Laura has had some rare diabetes related issues since her dx. Severe - SEVERE - painful swelling of her legs and feet for about 2 months following dx, according to her endo this is occasionally seen in older (Type 2?) patients. This past January she developed "rapidly progressive cataracts" in both eyes. She basically went blind in her left eye within a 2 week time frame. Both cataracts have been extracted (the left one was extremely thick and "crevised" (sp?)) and sythetic lens implants put in each eye. The cataracts have been diagnosed as "diabetic cataracts" but neither the opthomologist or Laura's endo had ever seen these in someone so young, and especially someone so recently diagnosed with Type 1. I should mention that Laura has done very very well at controlling her bg levels. She generally is in the 100-150 range, with occassional spikes when she's sick. So, Laura asked her endo yesterday why she is getting these rare symptoms/disorders? What more can she expect along these lines? Why no ketones ever? And is the fact that she has no ketones somehow related to the rare problems? He found her questions valid and very worthy of research. He's planning on doing some further testing on her, looking for some other underlying diabetes related disorder..... And so, I'm sitting here going, huh???? Has anyone ever had any experience with this or ever heard of a teen Type 1 diabetic never having ketones, and/or ever having either of these symptoms (the swelling and the cataracts)? Can anyone direct me to where I might research this on my own? Thanks!