A 16-year-old boy from China who spent his whole childhood eating a diet of unhealthy food and living a sedentary lifestyle, is now lucky to be alive after developing diabetic ketoacidosis.
The teenager, named Xiao Ying, always ate whatever he felt like eating, which consisted of very little healthy, nutritious food. Then out of the blue he started feeling thirsty all the time and experiencing fatigue, vomiting, and nausea.
He ignored the symptoms and carried on with life until one day he fainted and had to be rushed to hospital. Thankfully he survived and doctors were able to diagnose that he had diabetic ketoacidosis.
This is a life-threatening condition which is caused by high levels of blood acids called ketones, as a result of untreated Type 2 diabetes. Without intervention and proper treatment the condition can lead to organ failure and death.
KKNews reported that he almost died due to his health being in such a critical condition. His blood sugar levels were approximately 20 times higher than normal levels.
A normal person’s blood sugar level will be somewhere between 3.9 and 6.1mmol/L. Xiao Ying’s level was reportedly at 124mmol/L.
It came as no surprise to the doctors that the boy lived a very unhealthy lifestyle and had terrible eating habits, which led to him being obese at 100 kilograms. His diet consisted of fried food, barbecues, high sugar drinks like Milk Tea, and starchy snacks on a daily basis.
Instead of drinking water when thirsty he would reach for a sugary drink instead and paid no attention to the amount he was consuming. Like many young teens these days he was not fully aware of the dangers of too much sugar and did not feel motivated to exercise or be active in general.
This trip to the hospital came as a huge wake up call to Xiao Ying, as he feels he has been given a second chance and now vows to start eating healthier and to lose weight.
He appreciates it will take some effort to fix himself up but he is determined to change his ways. He promises to ditch the high sugar drinks and snacks completely, at least until his diabetes is under control and he loses weight.
We wish him the best of luck and a healthy future!