Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the blood is very acidic and the blood glucose levels are very high.
The prefix "keto" refers to the substance known in the body as "ketones.
" Ketones are created by your body during the process of breaking down of fat.
When the levels of ketones in the blood stream get really high the blood becomes very acidic.
In many cases, it is the acid blood that first indicates to doctors that a patient may have type 1 diabetes.
If the doctors already know you have type 1 diabetes, they are not so surprised when you show symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis in your tests.
However, on average those with type 1 diabetes do not get diagnosed with ketoacidosis until they are at least 40 years old.
Ketoacidosis Is More Common in Type 1 Diabetics Than Type 2 Diabetics People who have type 2 diabetes have reduced amounts of insulin production into their bloodstreams.
People who have type 1 diabetes have dramatically reduced to know insulin production into their bloodstreams.
This accounts for why those with type 1 diabetes are far more likely to develop ketoacidosis than those with type 2 diabetes.
Signs & Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis 1.
Rapid Breathing Your body may actually become acidic enough that it tries to use the lungs as a location to excrete acid.
During this rapid breathing process, often referred to as "Kassmaul Breathing," your lungs are literally filled with acid from the bloodstream in a desperate attempt by your body to balance out the blood.
Nauseous Vomiting As acids build up in your body it is very common to feel nauseous and to eventually begin vomiting.
This may be another desperate attempt by your body to get rid of some acid.
However, your bodily fluids may become very unbalanced, leading to further complications.
Chronic Drowsiness The thick, acidic blood that gathers in the brain can cause you to become very drowsy and sluggish.
Weak Muscles As ketoacidosis sets in your bloodstream will do an even worse job of distributing and using glucose where it is needed.
As a result your muscles will not have the fuel they need to function the way they normally would.
Every movement may seem like a chore.