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How can I check if I have diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)?

If you have diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), you have lost the ability to metabolize sugar and are using fat as an energy source. The result is extremely high blood sugars and acid in the blood. Your symptoms might include dehydration, nausea, abdominal pain and confusion. When your body is using fat instead of glucose for energy, ketones are produced. Some meters can check for serum ketones. Also, ketones in the urine can be checked using test strips. If these tests are positive, you have too much acid in your blood, and you have DKA.

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