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Acidosis due to Diabetes Overview

Another name for Acidosis due to Diabetes is Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

What is diabetic ketoacidosis?
A person with diabetic ketoacidosis has a life-threatening chemical imbalance in the bloodstream, caused by type 1 diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis is triggered by insufficient insulin, which causes glucose to accumulate in the bloodstream. Without adequate insulin, the body cannot metabolize the glucose so it begins to breakdown fats for energy. This leads to high acid levels in the bloodstream, as well as severe dehydration. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs in about 1 out of 2000 people with type 1 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?
Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis may include increased urination, excessive thirst, rapid breathing, rapid pulse, abdominal pain, vomiting, and weakness or fatigue.

How does the doctor treat diabetic ketoacidosis?
Treatment for diabetic ketoacidosis may include supplemental oxygen, intravenous fluids, and insulin.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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