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Detecting diabetic ketoacidosis

Detecting diabetic ketoacidosis

Dispensing diabetic medication is a daily event in pharmacy, but less is understood about the life-threatening complication ketoacidosis. This occurs when the body is unable to use the glucose it has stored because there is not enough insulin, resulting in the breakdown of other body tissue and the production of toxic by-products.



1. Early signs of diabetic ketoacidosis include passing large volumes of urine, severe thirst, tiredness and abdominal pain.
True or false?

2. The smell of ketones on the breath, which can smell like pear drops or nail varnish remover, is a typical symptom of someone with advanced diabetic ketoacidosis.
True or false?

3. Breakdown of fat causes the release of a substance called ketones.
True or false?


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