Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diabetes Ketoacidosis Prevention

Prevention of diabetic ketoacidosis includes:

  • Take your insulin as directed:
    • Do not skip doses
  • Monitor blood glucose as directed by your doctor:
    • Check your blood sugar every day.
    • Keep a log of your results.
    • Notify your doctor if your blood sugar remains higher than usual.

Example of Sliding Scale Insulin Dosing
Glucose ReadingRegular Insulin Dosing
140 - 1602 units, re-check glucose in 2 hrs
200 - 2404 units, re-check glucose in 2 hrs
240 - 3006 units, re-check glucose in 2 hrs
300 - 4008 units, re-check glucose in 2 hrs
400 - 50010 units, re-check glucose in 2 hrs
> 500See doctor now!

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Last Updated: Oct 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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