September 24, 2018 By Elizabeth McCammon
 Kids at lower risk of DKA with regular health care

For children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes, having a regular family doctor or pediatrician is important in lowering the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the leading cause of death among children with the disease. DKA happens when blood sugar levels are too high and the body breaks down fat for energy. This leads to a high level of ketones, which are poisonous and can lead to a coma or death if not treated. A delay in the diagnosis and treatment of type 1 diabetes can be a risk factor for DKA.

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