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A 37-year-old member asked:

What causes diabetic keto acidosis?

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Dr. Daniel Zanger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Dka: Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition whereby glucose which is used by cells for energy is not made available to the cells due to a lack of insulin. The lack of Insulin causes a dramatic rise in blood sugar triggering a host of meatbolic derangemants including dehydration as well as the production of ketones which are toxic as it raises the bodies acid level and will affect potassium levels.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is diabetic keto acidosis?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
DKA: A metabolic emergency for patients primarily with type 1 diabetes, DKA symptoms include those of high blood sugars initially. As the ketones build up, patients may have a fruity odor on the breath, get abdominal pain & vomit. Because they're already urinating a lot, dehydration can get bad. Some may breathe fast, get headaches, have altered consciousness. Without proper treatment, death imminent.

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