What is it?

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. This condition usually happens when your body can't produce enough insulin - a kind of hormone that helps to transfer the glucose in your blood to the cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat and use it as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if left untreated.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Diabetes with ketoacidosis

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis may include: excessive thirst, frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, and stomach pain.


Diabetic ketoacidosis can be diagnosed with checking blood sugar levels which supposed to be a few hundreds, low PH in blood gases implies on blood acidy, and ketones in urine suggests high ketones levels in blood.


Diabetic ketoacidosis consists of 3 main routes: fluid replacement, insulin, and electrolytes balance.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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