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.

DKA at diagnosis



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 T1D can prevent late diagnosis and DKA or even death.

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DKA in management