Monitoring your blood sugar is very important if you suffer from either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. For those with diabetes, you should also monitor b-hydroxybutyrate levels. These are ketone levels.  If ketone levels are high, a person with diabetes can develop Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) which can be life threatening.

If you are a diabetic and suffering from DKA, being treated quickly with early symptoms such as IV insulin and fluids, most people will experience recovery quickly and usually without any additional issues. But if the patient is not treated quickly and experiences the later stages of DKA, hospitalization and even intensive care may be required.

Below are both Early and Late Symptoms of DKA:

Early Symptoms:

  • Dry mouth and excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • High blood glucose
  • High levels of ketones

Later Symptoms:

  • Feeling of tiredness
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fruity odor on breath
  • Mental confusion

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is important that you learn more about monitoring the ketone levels in your body. Please reach out to us today at (210) 960-4881 or visit us at to learn more.

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