Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life threatening condition involving severe dehydration and possibly coma. "Ketosis," an abnormal condition when the body burns fat instead of glucose, generally occurs in people having insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, a disorder in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose (sugar) levels. When ketosis is allowed to progress in a diabetic person, diabetic ketoacidosis may occur.
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