What Is Diabetic Ketoacidosis (dka)?
Susan B. Sloane, BS, RPh, CDE, has been a registered pharmacist for more than 20 years and a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 15 years. Her two sons were diagnosed with diabetes, and since then, she has been dedicated to promoting wellness and optimal outcomes as a patient advocate, information expert, educator, and corporate partner. Diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, is a term most people with diabetes hear at some point in their journey with the disease. Sometimes it happens when you are diagnosed, and other times it happens when you start to lose control of your blood sugars. If you heed some good practices and keep track of blood sugars, you can potentially avoid DKA, but sometimes even with the best efforts to keep it at bay, it happens. What causes DKA? DKA occurs when blood glucose starts to get very high and STAYS high for an extended period of time; this can happen over several hours or several days depending on many factors. The body’s response to prolonged periods of high blood sugars is to frantically try to get back to normal by secreting what are known as counter-regulatory hormones like glucagon, epinephrine, and cortical, just to name a few. These hormones c Continue reading >>