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Diabetic ketoacidosis


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Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include feeling thirsty, peeing more often, feeling or being sick, and breath that smells like pear drop sweets.

Diabetic ketoacidosis is treated with insulin, fluids and nutrients through a drip into a vein.

You can reduce your risk of diabetic ketoacidosis by following your diabetes treatment plan, checking blood glucose regularly and testing for ketones.

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious condition where harmful substances called ketones build up in the blood. It can happen in people with diabetes.

Page last reviewed: 08/06/2023
Next review due: 08/06/2026