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Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is caused by untreated high blood glucose (hyperglycemia). If does not get treated, it can develop into a life threatening sickness. In this state the body breaks down fat at a high rate.[1][2] It is caused by a lack of insulin and a high number of ketones which causes blood to become acidic. This sickness is an emergency that can lead to coma or death.

Symptoms of ketoacidosis include:

Those who have type 2 diabetes can also get sick with ketoacidosis. DKA can happen with high blood sugar, when medicine is stopped, because of a bad sickness or infection.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Diabetic ketoacidosis: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". medlineplus.gov. Retrieved 2023-07-19. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Diabetic ketoacidosis: Know the warning signs-Diabetic ketoacidosis - Symptoms & causes". Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 2023-07-19.
  3. "Hyperglycemia". Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved 2023-07-18.