chapter  12
Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
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Ketones being very harmful, the body tries to remove it by excreting them with the urine. If the level of ketones in body keeps on increasing it leads to increased ketones in the blood. Subsequently nausea or vomiting may start and this can lead to more dehydration and less effective to remove ketones. Other effects of ketoacidosis are dry skin, blurred eyesight and breathlessness. Further rise in ketones can lead to bad breath. If untreated, the further rise of ketones in blood can lead the patient to enter in coma and be fatal. Hence it is very important to diagnose DKA as early as possible. Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition which needs immediate treatment.