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.