What does DKA stand for?
DKA stands for Diabetic Ketoacidosis, which is a serious and potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes, most commonly seen in people with type 1 diabetes. DKA occurs when the body starts breaking down fats for energy instead of glucose, leading to a buildup of ketones in the blood. This can cause the blood to become acidic, which can be dangerous and potentially lead to coma or death if left untreated. Symptoms of DKA may include high blood sugar levels, frequent urination, thirst, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fruity-smelling breath, confusion, and difficulty breathing. Immediate medical attention is necessary if someone is suspected to have DKA.