One of the quickest ways for a person with diabetes to get themselves placed in the emergency room is through a DKA incident. DKA or diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition when your body over produces ketones which can adjust your bloods pH leading to toxicity in the blood or even death. Sometimes, DKA can literally sneak up on you, but most of the time there are underlying symptoms that can be called out before your body sinks too far into DKA. Let’s take a look at some of these signs to help you catch yourself in DKA in order to prevent one of those emergency room visits.
- If your blood sugar goes over 300 this can happen to pump users if their tubing is somehow kinked without them noticing. so make sure to keep an eye on your sugars because it may not be a miscalculation of bolus but DKA
- Combination of illness as well as sudden high blood sugar together sometimes when you’re sick your body requires more insulin that is not usually provided due to your physical condition, this can lead to DKA so make sure to check for ketones when you’re sick.
- Having difficult time breathing when your blood becomes more acidic one way your body tries to bring your pH back to normal is by getting rid of carbon dioxide through the respiratory system. When you hyperventilate you breathe out more CO2 which after a while can make your blood more basic.
- Very dry mouth and thirstier than usual your body goes into DKA due to the lack of insulin in the system. This means that there is a high amount of sugar in the system and one way for your body to return the balance of molecules in the body is through urine. The problem with this is you also lose a lot of fluid in the process, hence dry mouth and thirst.
- Fruity smelling breathe this is always a sure sign of DKA, if someone tells you that your breathe smells fruity and you are also experiencing one of the other conditions as well. Then you can bet that you have DKA, so make sure to act as soon as possible!!
There is one simple way to test for DKA and that is with the use of Ketostix’s, therefore, make sure you keep a container with you just in case of an emergency. Have you picked up on signs of DKA and prevented yourself from this dangerous complication before?? Let us know in the comments below!!