- Diabetic ketoacidosis can become life threatening very quickly. Learn the warning signs and know when to seek emergency care (below).
- Causes include missed insulin doses, illness, injury, surgery, pregnancy, some medicines or too much alcohol.
- Warning signs include peeing lots, feeling thirsty, tiredness, tummy pain, nausea and vomiting, fruity-smelling breath, confusion or rising levels of blood sugar and ketones.
- Whatever your ketone level is, don’t stop taking your background insulin.
- To prevent diabetic ketoacidosis, always take your diabetes medicines, including insulin, follow your sick day plan if you are unwell and check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting new medicines.
Contact your doctor or diabetes nurse or go to the nearest emergency department straight away if: