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DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) and Sick Day Management

DKA is a deadly by avoidable complication of type 1 diabetes and occasionally type 2 diabetes. It’s a series of events that results in a body’s blood being too acidic. When that happens, breathing can become labored, dehydration can occur and some people can go into a coma. DKA can be brought on by illness so it’s especially important to properly manage sick days. Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Syndrome (HHS) is similar to DKA but is diagnosed when blood sugar is even higher, in the 600 mg/dl range. 

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