All About DKA
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 also occurs during the management of the disease when the body is not receiving enough insulin to break down glucose. This forces the body to start breaking down fat as fuel and ketones are then released into the body. Elevated ketones in the urine, severe weight loss, extreme thirst, blurry vision, lethargy and disorientation are all signs of DKA. If left untreated, DKA will lead to coma and death.
Beyond Type 1’s #SeeTheSigns Diabetes Awareness Campaign
Want to help save lives and spread awareness as to what DKA is? Be a part of Beyond Type 1’s #SeeTheSigns Diabetes Awareness Campaign. We are putting warning signs of type 1 diabetes posters in every pediatrician’s office so both parents and physicians can be reminded of what type 1 looks like in diagnosis.
DKA at diagnosis
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The Incredible and Courageous RenéIn Mexico, if you want to live you better go to the hospital by your own means. We have no car though. My mother tried to carry René as best she could to the Green Cross, (an aid station 20 - 30 minu...MORE
I knew she was my daughterTwo and a half months after my diagnosis, I got a message from a friend back in Uganda, who told me about a little girl that was just diagnosed with type 1 and needed a foster family. As soon as I hea...MORE
A Misdiagnosis left my 2-year-old in DKA, Fighting for his LifeOne morning, James woke up and per usual, asked for something to drink. I looked at my very articulate 2-year-old, and asked: "Why do you want so much to drink? Are you really thirsty?" And ...MORE
No Shame, No Blame, T1D Diagnosis GameInstead of shame and blame, a mother, caring for a son living with T1D, knows that advocacy, education, and empathy lead to faster diagnosis.MORE
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Ariana, My Brave PrincessAs a mother, I felt something was just not right but I truly never thought it was something this wrong. I started reading, and it all indicated “diabetes,” something inconceivable in my mind.MORE
Agustín and the Uninvited GuestUruguay - On April 27, 2015, we received an uninvited guest who has now become a friend and lives with us at home.MORE
Misdiagnosis Leads to Twin’s Tragic DeathHunter’s shocking diagnosis prompted the medical team to test his brother. Results revealed blood sugar readings at dangerously high levels. Logan was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but Hunter...MORE
Former Facebook Engineer Dies of Undiagnosed Type 1 DiabetesOn September 26, 2017, former software engineer at Facebook, Michael Cohen, died suddenly at the age of 25 from undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes. MORE
DKA at 30,000 FeetPK shares the harrowing story of her daughter's experience going into DKA while on a plane. Thankfully, the two were surrounded by professionals.MORE
My Father’s DiseaseSam talks about his father's life with diabetes and how his eventual diagnosis brought the two closer together than ever before.MORE
Seeing the Signs + Learning to Thrive with T1DEoin Costelloe (Insuleoin) talks about his type 1 diagnosis and how he learned to thrive in his new life as a T1D.MORE
My Son Was Diagnosed With T1D During The Last PandemicThere is never a good time to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but especially not if the country is in the middle of a flu pandemic.MORE
Diabetes Crashed My Wedding + Stole My RingDiabetes was an uninvited guest to our wedding. It crashed our honeymoon and then it stole my wedding ring.MORE
One of the Lucky OnesMila reflects on her son Jaime's type 1 diabetes diagnosis, and how upon learning about the staggering rates of misdiagnosis, she became passionate about the #SeeTheSigns campaignMORE
How can I help?
Donate to Beyond Type 1 and help fund our DKA Awareness Campaign across the United States.
You can also help spread awareness about the warning signs of type 1 diabetes by downloading and sharing these materials. Knowing the symptoms of type 1 diabetes (T1D) can prevent late diagnosis and DKA or even death.
DKA in management
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.MORE
Ketones — The 6 Must-KnowsKetones are chemicals that build up when your body starts to burn fat for energy. The most common cause of ketones in diabetics is insulin deficiency.MORE