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What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs because of a lack of insulin, which leads to the body burning its fat stores to provide energy for cells. This produces ketones, acidic substances that are toxic at high levels.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Diabetes insipidus

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