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Signs of DKA
Very high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), or a
"diabetic coma." DKA occurs when the cells can't get the energy they
need from glucose, and the body begins to burn fat and body tissue for energy.
This causes the release of byproducts called ketones, which are dangerous
when released at high levels. Ketones become like poison to the body and are
passed in the urine as they build up in the blood.
A person with type 1 diabetes and high blood sugar may exhibit one or more
of the following symptoms:
Fruity, sweet, or wine-like
odor on breath
Inability to concentrate
Weight loss (a longer term
symptom) that eventually leads to coma
If any signs of DKA are present,
contact youR doctor immediately and take your child the ER!