Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening medical condition. If you develop mild signs and symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Call 911 or your local emergency number if:
- You can't reach your doctor
- Your symptoms are getting worse
- Your symptoms are already severe
A medical provider who sees you for possible diabetic ketoacidosis will need answers to these questions as quickly as possible:
- What are your signs and symptoms?
- When did these signs and symptoms develop? Are they getting worse?
- Have you been diagnosed with diabetes?
- Have you recently checked your blood sugar level?
- Have you recently checked your ketone level?
- Have you lost your appetite?
- Are you able to keep fluids down?
- Are you having trouble breathing?
- Do you have chest pain?
- Have you had illness or infections in the time leading up to these symptoms?
- Have you experienced any stress or trauma in the time leading up to these symptoms?
- Did you use alcohol or recreational drugs in the time leading up to these symptoms?
- How closely have you been following your diabetes treatment plan?
- How well would you say your diabetes has been managed in the time leading up to these symptoms?
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