There are many complications that can occur for diabetics. One of the most serious is ketoacidosis. This happens when the body produces far too many ketones (a type of blood acid).
Ketoacidosis happens when a body is unable to produce enough insulin. For most people, insulin is the main method for breaking down sugar in the blood so that in can be absorbed into the body’s cells. This is the main fuel for a person’s muscles and tissues. When a body lacks the insulin to break down sugars for energy, it instead uses a person’s fat. The process of using fat as energy produces these ketones and can build up into diabetic ketoacidosis.