Symptoms

Diabetic ketoacidosis symptoms often develop quickly, sometimes within 24 hours. You may notice:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fruity-scented breath
  • Confusion

More specific signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — which can be detected through home blood and urine testing kits — include:

  • High blood sugar level
  • High ketone level in your urine

Remember, untreated diabetic ketoacidosis can be fatal. Seek emergency care if you suspect that you have diabetic ketoacidosis, even if you haven't been diagnosed with diabetes.

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