Diabetic ketoacidosis or DKA is a complication in those who have been diagnosed with diabetes. This condition can present itself in those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but is more common in patients who have type 1 diabetes. The condition occurs when there is not enough insulin in the body, which causes a difficulty in using blood sugar properly. The lack of insulin and how the body reacts to it can cause a buildup of ketones, which can be quite dangerous in those with diabetes.
Diabetic ketoacidosis has a number of symptoms, including urinating more frequently than normal, dehydration and extreme thirst, pain in the abdominal area, excessive nausea or vomiting, and flu like symptoms. Those who have diabetes are urged to contact their physician immediately if these symptoms occur, particularly when the symptoms are accompanied by high blood sugar levels. Left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to low blood pressure, mental confusion, coma and even death.
Monitoring blood glucose and ketone levels is important for those who have both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Vidan Diagnostics in San Antonio takes ketoacidosis very seriously. We are committed to helping patients with diabetes to prevent this serious medical condition. We offer monitoring kits that will enable you to check your blood glucose levels and ketone levels. Please call us today at (210) 960-4881 or visit us online at https://vidandiagnostics.com to learn more.