Diabetic Ketoacidosis - DKA

 

Diabetic Ketoacidosis is when your body's cells do not get the glucose necessary for energy. In which case, in place of glucose, your body breaks down fat to use for energy. This is often triggered when the body does not get enough insulin to use the glucose it has. This process builds up ketones in the blood making the blood more acidic. Oftentimes DKA is a sign of poor diabetes management or that you are getting sick. There are initial symptoms of DKA as well as symptoms which occur as the condition has further progressed.

Early symptoms:

  • Thirst or a very dry mouth

  • Frequent urination

  • High blood glucose (blood sugar) levels

  • High levels of ketones in the urine

More Progressed Symptoms

  • Constantly feeling tired

  • Dry or flushed skin

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fruity odor on breath

  • A hard time paying attention, or confusion

The best way to prevent a case of Diabetic Ketoacidosis from forming is to take care of your diabetes. DKA is a serious condition which can lead to diabetic coma and even death when left untreated.