How to check for ketones?
Now that we’ve identified what are the warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis, let’s know more about its diagnosis and treatment.
If you have type 1 diabetes, you should ideally have a blood or urine ketones testing kit at home. Use this especially when your sugar level goes above 240 mg/dL. However, these types of kits are not readily available in most areas of the Philippines.
If you do have a kit and it shows that you have high levels of ketones, go to the hospital immediately. Diabetic ketoacidosis happen fast, especially if you are experiencing symptoms like vomiting, dizziness, and loss of consciousness.
Preventative measures for DKA
Make sure to follow these tips to reduce your risk and getting the worst of the disease:
Check your blood sugar level regularly
Make it a habit to monitor your blood sugar, to make sure that it stays within a healthy range. Talk to your doctor about how many times a day and when you should be checking your blood sugar levels.
Stick to your treatment plan