Patient will present as → a young patient with weight loss, increased thirst and urination. The patient has felt tired and nauseous. On examination her weight is below the 5th percentile, she looks thin, and her skin is pale. her blood pressure is 100/70 and her pulse is 104 bpm. Her respirations are deep at a rate of 28 breaths/minute. Her breath smells fruity
90% of Type I DM is autoimmune in origin with antibodies to insulin and islet cells. Pancreatic β cells fail to respond to stimuli and undergo autoimmune destruction
- Some patients experience a long but transient phase of near-normal glucose levels after acute onset of the disease (honeymoon phase) due to partial recovery of insulin secretion
- Type 1 occurs most often in young people (before school age or near puberty) for normal or low weight
Key terms to know for your exam:
- Dawn Phenomenon: Normal glucose until 2-8 am when it rises. Results from decreased insulin sensitivity and nightly surge of counter regulatory hormones during nighttime fasting
- Treat with bedtime injection of NPH to blunt morning hyperglycemia, avoiding carbohydrate snack late at night
- Somogyi effect: Nocturnal hypoglycemia followed by rebound hyperglycemia due to surge in growth hormone
- Treat with decreased nighttime NPH dose or give bedtime snack
- Insulin waning: progressive rise in glucose from bed to morning
- Treat with change of insulin dose to bedtime
DKA: Fruity breath, weight loss, rapid respirations, hypotension
- Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) should always be handled in a hospitalized setting, usually an intensive care unit, and often with an endocrinologist’s consultation, if appropriate.
- TREAT WITH FLUIDS! Patients with DKA are always dehydrated and need large-volume IV fluid resuscitation, usually isotonic fluids such as normal saline. If corrected serum sodium level is high, this can be reduced to half-normal saline. Insulin should always be administered by an IV pump to guard against accidental overdose.
Labs (secondary to little or no endogenous insulin secretion)
- Random plasma glucose of more than 200 mg/dl with classic symptoms or fasting levels of 126 mg/dl or greter on more than one occasion is diagnostic.
- Glucosuria; they also may have ketonemia and/or ketonuria.
- HGB A1c represents glucose control over previous 8-12 weeks. 6.5% or higher is diagnostic of DM.
- Dietary control + Insulin (all type 1 will need insulin) - *know the differences between insulin types (see "media" section for a chart)
Daily aspirin is used in primary prevention.
- This includes men older than 50 years of age and women older than 60 years of age, with at least one CVD risk factor such as HTN, dyslipidemia, smoking or albuminuria.
- Annual foot examination
- Annual ophthalmologic monitoring
- Vaccinations - annual flu exam, Tdap, PCV13, Pneumococcal vaccines etc.
Often ACE inhibitors and statins to prevent complications
- In patients 18 to 59 years of age without major comorbidities, and in patients 60 years or older who have diabetes, chronic kidney disease (CKD), or both conditions, the new goal blood pressure level is <140/90 mm Hg.
- ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers are indicated for patients with evidence of early nephropathy (microalbuminuria or proteinuria), even in the absence of hypertension, and are a good choice for treating hypertension in patients who have DM and who have not yet shown renal impairment.
- Statins are currently recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines for all diabetic patients 40 to 75 yr of age. Moderate to high intensity treatment is used, and there are no target lipid levels.
early diabetic ketoacidosis
type 2 diabetes mellitus
treat her in the office with 1 L of intravenous (IV) normal saline to correct her dehydration and then send her home with a prescription for an antinausea agent. Tell her to continue to push fluids; order a CBC, chemistry screen, and urinalysis; and see her back in 3 days for follow-up and to discuss the results. She is to call if she is feeling worse.
start the patient on desmopressin (DDAVP), order some basic laboratory tests, have the patient push fluids, and refer her to an endocrinologist
check an office finger-stick glucose level and a urine dipstick, and if your suspicions are confirmed, admit Jackie to the hospital for stabilization and management with possible consultation with an endocrinologist
high-volume IV isotonic or half-normal saline fluids and regular insulin by IV pump
IV bicarbonate should be routinely used to correct the likely acidosis
give D5NS IV fluid until Jackie can reestablish adequate oral intake
subcutaneous insulin every 4 to 6 hours in a sliding scale, with laboratory tests every 12 hours until the situation is stabilized
age at onset is usually before 30 years
it is associated with other autoimmune disorders
there is approximately a 90% concordance in monozygotic twins for this type of DM
islet cell antibodies are found in approximately 90% of cases
suboptimal vitamin D nutrition is associated with increased incidence
treatment with insulin or sulfonylureas has clearly been shown to worsen macrovascular disease by worsening of hyperinsulinemia
low-density lipoprotein (LDL) level should be kept at least < 2.6 mmol/L (100 mg/dL), and probably < 70 mg/dL, if the patient has confirmed vascular disease
blood pressure goal is < 130/80 mm Hg
strict blood pressure control is more beneficial than tight glycemic control in reducing macrovascular complications
virtually all type 2 diabetics older than 40 years who do not have a contraindication to statins should be receiving them
the initial fluid replacement should generally be normal (0.9%) saline unless there is severe hypernatremia
fluid deficits are often on the order of 6 to 8 L
potassium level should be monitored frequently (every hour at first and then every 2 to 4 hours) during the initial treatment phase of DKA
in the otherwise healthy adult with DKA, a reasonable rate of infusion generally needed for the first 3 hours of treating full DKA is 150 mL/hour