Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) -POEM

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) -POEM

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) -POEM

Diabetic ketoacidosis, also known as DKA, is a buildup of acids in your blood. It can happen when your blood sugar is too high for too long. DKA is a serious complication of diabetes and could be life-threatening, but it usually takes many hours to become that serious. You can treat it and prevent it, too.

Call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you have any of the symptoms below and your ketones are moderate to high when you test them using a home kit, or if you have more than one symptom:

  • You’ve been throwing up for more than 2 hours.
  • You feel queasy or your belly hurts.
  • Your breath smells fruity.
  • You’re tired, confused, or woozy.
  • You’re having a hard time breathing.

Diabetic ketoacidosis usually happens because your body doesn’t have enough insulin. Your cells can’t use the sugar in your blood for energy, so they use fat for fuel instead. Burning fat makes acids called ketones. If the process goes on for a while, they could build up in your blood. That excess can change the chemical balance of your blood and throw off your entire system.

Check out this poem on DKA:

“Sugars are high,
They reach the sky!
Breathe smells of grapes,
I’m under the drapes,
My breathing is fast,
I hope I will last,
Insulin and saline,
They are the lifeline.”

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