Ketoacidosis Alert

Although it is usually associated with type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can occur in some patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers Charlton Wilson, MD, Jonathan Krakoff, MD, and Dorothy Gohdes, MD, studied type 2 patients from two Apache Indian reservations and found that 17 of 724 patients had experienced at least one DKA episode.

The report, published in an October issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, confirms the growing recognition that DKA occurs in some patients with type 2 diabetes. In addition, male sex, alcohol abuse and relatively low body mass index were all noted as possible factors in the development of DKA in the study.

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