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Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can be caused by a deficiency of insulin and an excess of glucagon. This process may be triggered by presence of any infection, lack of adherence to insulin treatment in diabetics, illness, prescription or illicit drugs and any condition that puts the body under physiological stress.


The following are the causes of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA):

Common Causes

Less common causes

Nonadherence to insulin treatment plans:[16][17]

Physiological stressors:


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