Diabetic ketoacidosis (#DKA) is a serious problem that can happen in people with #diabetes if their body starts to run out of #insulin. The condition causes harmful substances, called #ketones, to build up in the body, which can be life-threatening if not spotted and treated quickly.
DKA mainly affects people with #type1 diabetes, but can sometimes happen in people with #type2 diabetes. People with diabetes are advised to be aware of the #risk of the condition and know what to do if it happens.
Dr Mayank Patel BM DM FRCP, Consultant in Diabetes, University Hospital Southampton and DRWF Editorial Advisory Board member, on the difference between hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia said: “In type 1 diabetes, if sugar levels are higher than 14 for more than 3 hours, blood or urine ketones should be checked. Raised ketones suggest an increased risk of a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by a lack of insulin in the body and requires urgent treatment in hospital.” https://buff.ly/2LtITmN