What is DKA?
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a complication from diabetes that can be serious and life-threatening. DKA is often a common factor when first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and can often be mistaken for flu symptoms. It occurs when the body is not receiving enough insulin to break down glucose, which forces the body to start breaking down fat as fuel. Ketones are then released into the body. Elevated ketones in the urine, severe weight loss, extreme thirst, blurry vision and disorientation are all signs of DKA.