Health Tip: Symptoms of Ketoacidosis

(HealthDay News) -- Ketoacidosis occurs when diabetic people develop dangerously high levels of ketones, which are produced when stored fat is burned for energy.

Ketoacidosis, a sign that diabetes is uncontrolled, requires immediate medical attention.

The American Diabetes Association describes these common warning signs of ketoacidosis:

  • Feeling very thirsty or having a very dry mouth.
  • Urinating frequently.
  • High blood sugar (glucose).
  • High ketone levels in the urine.
  • Persistent fatigue.
  • Being confused or having difficulty paying attention.
  • Flushed or dry skin.
  • Feeling nauseous, vomiting, or having pain in the abdomen.
  • Difficulty breathing, and having breath that emits a fruity smell.

-- Diana Kohnle

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