Diabetic Ketoacidosis: myths, tips, and lesser known facts

About one in four newly diagnosed persons with type 1 diabetes (and some type 2’s) will present in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) to a doctor’s office, urgent care facility, or emergency department. If not diagnosed and proper treatment started, DKA can be deadly. DKA is often misunderstood by persons with diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis is complex and easy to misunderstand by lay and professionals alike. The following is a practical explanation of what DKA is, and what it is not. I also dispel some common myths and provide practical tips to prevent or minimize DKA recurrence. It's not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to point out some important (at least to me) facts and perspectives about this potentially preventable condition. I hope you find it informative.

This IS a lengthy post. Feel free to bookmark it and read over time as needed. It’s intended to be a reference for you.

As we start, consider the following: