Ketoacidosis Underlying Cause
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.
Missing or skipping insulin doses is a common trigger for DKA, as well as infections. When an infection occurs, the type 1 diabetic has more difficulty using the insulin that is available, making blood sugar harder to control.
Common triggers for diabetic ketoacidosis include:
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