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what are common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
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ItsDangerousTakeCare: At the point that you are getting into that range of illness, you just generally feel like s--t. If you haven't been keeping up with your fluids, you'll be thirsty and weak. Having lost vital electrolytes, you'll feel 30 years older.Sick to your stomach.Tired.And, often something kicks all that off like an infection, which adds to the misery.BUT...sometimes it's subtle, just minor symptoms. Beware

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the complications of diabetic ketoacidosis?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Many: Low blood sugar, low potassium, death, & brain swelling.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Usually ketoacidosis is associated with high blood sugars, moderste to severe abnormalities in acid/base balance, electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate), dehydration. Increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms, altered mental status, infection. Treatment can be associated with low blood sugars, rapid shifts in fluid, altered mental status/brain swelling. DKA can indeed cause death
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Complication of DM : If the body does not have enough Insulin to carry sugar into the cells for energy, the body begins to use a backup energy plan breaking down fat. This creates ketones which build up in the body and create an acidic change in the body.Since the enzymes work best in a balanced environment you feel sickly & nauseated.As the process continues the metabolism breaks down & bad things happen(you can die).
A 45-year-old member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with diabetic ketoacidosis?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: It's part of the training that all doctors receive.
A 32-year-old member asked:

People with diabetic ketoacidosis typically have what symptoms?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Usually...: ...If they are not in a coma by the time you see them, they are weak, dehydrated, breathing rapidly and deeply (so-called kussmaul respirations) and have a fruity odor on their breath.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis ?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Insulin: For diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) , treatment is insulin, fluids, and electrolyte replacement.

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