What is diabetic ketoacidosis?
Diabetic ketoacidosis (say: key-toe-acid-oh-sis), or DKA, happens when a combination of high blood sugar levels and not enough insulin in the body cause a build-up of acids called ketones. Ketones are toxic. If DKA isn't treated, it can lead to diabetic coma and even death. It mainly affects people who have type 1 diabetes. However, it can also happen with other types of diabetes, including type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes (during pregnancy).
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