When fat is used for energy, ketones-or fatty acids-are produced and enter the bloodstream, causing the chemical imbalance diabetic ketoacidosis
. This is a life-threatening condition. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis are:
Flushed, hot, dry skin.
Loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
A strong, fruity breath odor (similar to nail polish remover or acetone).
Rapid, deep breathing.
Restlessness, drowsiness, difficulty waking up, confusion, or coma.