Ketones — The 6 Must-Knows

Ketones are chemicals that build up when your body starts to burn fat for energy. The most common cause of ketones in diabetics is insulin deficiency.

Why is Type 1 Diabetes Misdiagnosed?

Many people with Type 1 share a similar diagnosis story. They display all the classic symptoms (extreme thirst, weight loss, frequent urination, nausea) and were fortunate enough to be accurately diagnosed by their primary care doctor. However, some people with Type 1 are not as fortunate to quickly receive a correct diagnosis.

All About DKA

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a complication from diabetes that can be serious and life-threatening. DKA is often a common factor when first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and can often be mistaken for flu symptoms. It occurs when the body is not receiving enough insulin to break down glucose, which forces the body to start breaking down fat as fuel. Ketones are then released into the body. Elevated ketones in the urine, severe weight loss, extreme thirst, blurry vision and disorientation are all signs of DKA.

Build Your COVID-19 Diabetes Go Bag

In the event of an emergency, it's important to be prepared. Have a go bag the ready in case of a hospital visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Glucagon is a Must for Sick Days

Getting sick when you have Type 1 diabetes can easily complicate things. Glucagon is your best defense when it comes to sick day management. Here's why.

COVID-19 Q+A with Endocrinologist Dr. Anne Peters

Dr. Anne Peters, a clinical diabetologist at the USC, recently took the time to answer questions about COVID-19 sourced from the Beyond Type 1 community.

Think You Have Coronavirus? Here’s What To Do

Do you think you've contracted coronavirus? Here are immediate steps to take to ensure you best treat yourself and limit the impact you have on those around you.

New Evidence Shows Vital Importance of Screening For T1D in Children

By screening for Type 1 diabetes in children, Bavaria was able to decrease rates of diabetic ketoacidosis at diagnosis.

DKA On The Rise: Dr. Satish Garg Explains Why

"15-20% of Type 2 diabetes cases are misdiagnosed. These patients have antibody positive Type 1 diabetes. So clearly their Type 1 diabetes was totally mistreated and misdiagnosed. That's why the actual number of people who are living worldwide who are insulin requiring is more like 150 to 200 million people, out of which probably closer to 70-80 million people actually have classical Type 1 diabetes, if you define by antibody positive."

DKA at 30,000 Feet

PK shares the harrowing story of her daughter's experience going into DKA while on a plane. Thankfully, the two were surrounded by professionals.

Flaws in Technology: A Case of DKA

Ilse Michelle Mora Rodríguez is a doctor who has lived with Type 1 for nearly her entire life. Her brush with DKA came when she least expected it.

‘This Doesn’t Happen To Me’ — A New DKA Perspective

Neil Greathouse shares his DKA experience and how the incident truly humbled him.

Lessons Learned: Michelle’s Unusual DKA Experience

Michelle Lord shares her DKA experience + the importance of testing for ketones.

A Deadly Lack of Information

Jillian Rippolone shares the story of one of her DKA experiences. She laments not having more information and her inability to recognize symptoms.

STICH Protocol for DKA Management

With SGLT inhibitors increasingly being used off-label to treat Type 1 diabetes, it is vital that patients on these drugs know when and how to treat for ketones.