If your blood sugar is higher than normal for a prolonged period, then your blood can develop a buildup of acid. Diabetic ketoacidosis happens because of the lack of insulin in your body. Instead of using the sugar for energy, which is typical, your body uses fat as fuel. When fat burns, it creates acids known as ketones. When your sugar level is too high for too long, these can build up in the blood. In turn, your body undergoes a chemical imbalance, and you will experience warning signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis.


Although it can take several hours before it becomes life-threatening, diabetic ketoacidosis is both preventable and treatable. Stress, sickness, and skipping a meal can increase your ketones, but if you already have Type 1 diabetes, then you are even more at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms and treatments of diabetic ketoacidosis.

1. Excessive Thirst and Frequent Urination

Have you ever felt parched and just had to have a drink of water? Maybe you were sweating a lot, which would make sense, but if you have a dry mouth or the feeling of thirst on a regular basis, you might have diabetes. Excessive thirst is a symptom of high blood sugar and, therefore, diabetic ketoacidosis. Whether or not you quench your desire to drink, you may also notice yourself using the restroom more. Unless you are pregnant, frequent urination goes hand-in-hand with excessive thirst and diabetes.