Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening emergency
The most likely times for DKA to occur are:
At diagnosis. (Some people who do not realise they have Type 1 diabetes do not get diagnosed until they are very unwell with DKA.)
When you are ill.
During a growth spurt/puberty.
If you have not taken your insulin for any reason.
DKA usually develops over 24 hours but can develop faster particularly in young children. Hospital admission and treatment is essential to correct the life-threatening acidosis. Treatment involves closely monitored intravenous fluids, insulin and glucose.
This is a patients experience of DKA
This section is restricted access and only available for medically qualified staff. If you are concerned about your sugar control you should seek medical help immediately.