Long Term Complications Of Dka

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (dka)

Tweet Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous complication faced by people with diabetes which happens when the body starts running out of insulin. DKA is most commonly associated with type 1 diabetes, however, people with type 2 diabetes that produce very little of their own insulin may also be affected. Ketoacidosis is a serious short term complication which can result in coma or even death if it is not treated quickly. Read about Diabetes and Ketones What is diabetic ketoacidosis? DKA occurs when the body has insufficient insulin to allow enough glucose to enter cells, and so the body switches to burning fatty acids and producing acidic ketone bodies. A high level of ketone bodies in the blood can cause particularly severe illness. Symptoms of DKA Diabetic ketoacidosis may itself be the symptom of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. Typical symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include: Vomiting Dehydration An unusual smell on the breath –sometimes compared to the smell of pear drops Deep laboured breathing (called kussmaul breathing) or hyperventilation Rapid heartbeat Confusion and disorientation Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis usually evolve over a 24 hour period if blood glucose Continue reading >>

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  1. Christopher

    In another thread someone made the statement that kids who have DKA at dx are at "great risk for complications down the road". It was also said that those who have "profound" DKA at dx have more difficulty with blood glucose control.
    I have not heard this before and would like to see any studies that discuss these issues, or hear anecdotal evidence from those parents who may (or may not) have experienced this.

  2. Dvbo79

    I would like to read a study on this as well. My son was in severe DKA when diagnosed. We are almost but not quite a year in. He doesn't appear to have a harder time than any other type 1 toddler. Very curious about this...

  3. obtainedmist

    This totally goes against what happened to us! DD came back from a 5 month exchange in Italy having lost 32 lbs and in big-time DKA! However, she has had a relatively easy time maintaining her bgs and good A1C's. I really do think that there are so many variations of this disease (YDMV) that this kind of generalization misses the mark!

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