Preparing for your appointment

By 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?
Oct. 23, 2012