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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Overview)

A serious diabetes complication where the body produces excess blood acids (ketones).


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People with diabetic ketoacidosis typically have what symptoms?

People with diabetic ketoacidosis typically have what symptoms?

DKA for short: Dka is potentially life threatening complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. It results from shortage of insulin.In response, the body burns fatty acid and produce acidic ketone bodies that cause most symptoms and complications-vomiting, dehydration, deep gasping breathing, confusion, coma.Dka is a medical emergency, without treatment it can lead to death. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
73 Doctors shared insights

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Overview)

A serious diabetes complication where the body produces excess blood acids (ketones).


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What is a primary symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What is a primary symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the visible symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

DKA: Dry lips, fruity breath, rapid breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, possible altered mental status. ...Read more

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Can septic abortion cause diabetic ketoacidosis?

Can septic abortion cause diabetic ketoacidosis?

Depends: Only people with diabetes can develop diabetic ketoacidosis. If someone who already has diabetes has a septic abortion, that is, an abortion that becomes infected, they could develop the condition. Diabetic ketoacidosis is often caused by an underlying infection. ...Read more

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Does really high glucose mean that I have diabetes type one or diabetic ketoacidosis?

Does really high glucose mean that I have diabetes type one or diabetic ketoacidosis?

Diabetes: All diabetes is genetic. Doesn't matter if its type I or ii. Persistent high glucose levels indicate Insulin resistance, which means your body isn't able to metabolize free glucose. You should see your primary physician or an endocrinologist to figure out where your hba1c levels are and see what needs to be done next. Please don't put this off. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for diabetic ketoacidosis?

What are the best treatments for diabetic ketoacidosis?

Dka: Generally diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is treated in the hospital with IV fluids and careful Insulin treatment. ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

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). ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

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). ...Read more

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What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

Ketoacidosis: Most often this reflects a very high blood sugar but that is not always the reason. YOU SHOULD GO IMMEDIATELY TO A LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM!! ...Read more

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How do you manage diabetic ketoacidosis?

How do you manage diabetic ketoacidosis?

Complex: Hi. Diabetic ketoaciodosis (DKA) is a serious and life-threatening complication of diabetes. It is managed in the hospital (usually ICU) with insulin, IV fluids, and electrolte management; any underlying precipitating factor such as infection or MI must also be diagnosed and addressed. Contrary to popular belief, it occurs in both type 1 and type 2; type 1 is just more prone to it. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

How to know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

Get tested!: Hi. Both type 1's and type 2's can get diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). People in DKA are usually rather sick, often vomiting, and always dehydrated. It's a very easy to diagnose. Standard medical care of DKA is in a hospital with IV fluids, IV insulin, electrolyte management, and treatment of any precipitating conditions. If you're feeling pretty chipper and have very high sugar, it's prob not DKA. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from diabetic ketoacidosis?

Is it possible to die from diabetic ketoacidosis?

Yes!: That's why we admit diabetics to the hospital and give critical medical care when they have DKA. Type 1 diabetics die from DKA without Insulin treatment. That's why type 1 diabetes was a fatal (terminal) diagnosis before Insulin treatment was developed. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What are common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

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 ...Read more

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What is a primary symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis?

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. ...Read more

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What are some complications of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What are some complications of diabetic ketoacidosis?

Many: Low blood sugar, low potassium, death, brain swelling are possible. ...Read more

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What are the visible symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

DKA: Dry lips, fruity breath, rapid breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, possible altered mental status. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

I need help! How do I know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

Are you sick?: Hi. Are you type 1 or type 2? Usually if you are in DKA, you're sick. You can do home ketone monitoring in urine or blood. If you're in DKA, your BG will be high (usually >400). If you don't have home ketone testing and you're sick, get to the ER ASAP. If you can keep food down, make sure to get some fluids in you. DON'T SKIP YOUR BASAL INSULIN EVER. Good luck, and I hope you're not in DKA. ...Read more

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People with diabetic ketoacidosis typically have what symptoms?

DKA for short: Dka is potentially life threatening complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. It results from shortage of insulin.In response, the body burns fatty acid and produce acidic ketone bodies that cause most symptoms and complications-vomiting, dehydration, deep gasping breathing, confusion, coma.Dka is a medical emergency, without treatment it can lead to death. ...Read more

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What's the difference of ketoacidosis and diabetic ketoacidosis?

What's the difference of ketoacidosis and diabetic ketoacidosis?

High blood sugar: Both conditions are a sign of cellular deprivation of glucose. In diabetes type 1 there is absence of insufficient Insulin so the sugar is elevated in the blood but low in liver cells and they start producing ketones.
In starvation due to anorexia or alcoholism there in not enough glucose available so it also produces ketones.
They are treated differently of course. ...Read more

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When I should think about having a diabetic ketoacidosis attack?

When I should think about having a diabetic ketoacidosis attack?

Instead of: Thinking about it, why not keep your glucose in control and prevent any abnormal sugars, much less the severe metabolic abnormality of ketoacidosis. You can't develop ketoacidosis unless your sugar is very high and you are severely dehydrated. Control your glucose and drink lots of water, and you won't have to think or worry about dka. ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

DKA: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a medical emergency with a significant morbidity and mortality. It should be diagnosed promptly and managed intensively. DKA usually develops within 24 hours. DKA typically presents with polyuria and polydipsia, vomiting, dehydration and, if severe, an altered mental state, including coma.

http://patient. Info/doctor/diabetic-ketoacidosis ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

Diabetes: Ketoacidosis is severe dehydration and high glucose where the body shifts to fat metabolism leading to ketone formation and acidosis. It is a very severe and dangerous acute metabolic abnormality, which is a medical emergency but definitely treatable by hydration, insulin, correction of the precipitating factors and other support. ...Read more

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What can cause hypovolemia in diabetic ketoacidosis?

What can cause hypovolemia in diabetic ketoacidosis?

Hypovolemia: It is the ketoacidosis that contributes to the hypovolemia. Do not pass go or collect 200 - go straight to the Emergency Room without delay! ...Read more

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Could fruity odor on breath be diabetic ketoacidosis?

Could fruity odor on breath be diabetic ketoacidosis?

Possibly: Acetone on your breath could indicate impending dka. Check your blood sugar, urine ketones and if high, call your doctor for advise on immediate actions. ...Read more

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Do people with diabetic ketoacidosis have a lot of pain?

Do people with diabetic ketoacidosis have a lot of pain?

DKA: Patients with DKA do not have pain related to the DKA itself, however they may complain from non-specific abodminal pain, which often resolves as the DKA is corrected. Dka also leads to deep and rapid breathing; if this goes on for an extended period of time it may cause discomfort around the chest wall and upper abdomen for excessive use of muscle for this type of breathing. ...Read more