I awoke one morning feeling very ill. Something was wrong with me. My body felt like it was shutting down. I was weak, unlike anything I had felt before. I was dehydrated, suffering from a condition known as “hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome, because my blood sugar level had gotten dangerously high. If left untreated, this can cause seizures, coma, and even death. I also had diabetic ketoacidosis, in which acidic waste products called ketones had built up in my blood. Hormones (unopposed by insulin due to the insulin deficiency) began to break down my muscle fat, and liver cells into glucose (sugar) and fatty acids for use as fuel. These hormones include glucagon, growth hormone, and adrenaline. These fatty acids were converted to ketones by a process called oxidation. Remember when I said I had lost weight and was very fatigue? My body was consuming its own muscle,fat and liver cells for food. I was rushed to the hospital and doctors questioned and examined me, diagnosing my condition as either kidney disease or diabetes. I did not know what diabetes was, but I do remember the doctor telling my mother that it was “incurable”. What news for a 12-year-old to ponder. I thought to myself, “Please God, let it be my kidney.” They would just give me some medicine and send me home and I would be back to my old self in days. More testing confirmed it as “juvenile onset diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes“. This type of diabetes typically appears during adolescence, but it can develop at any age.
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