Television personality Rob Kardashian was released from the hospital after a “diabetes scare” sent him to the hospital. Best known for his role on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spinoffs, as well as a turn on Dancing with the Stars, Rob was diagnosed nearly a year ago with type 2 diabetes after developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) a serious condition in which too much acid builds up in the blood. If left untreated, DKA can lead to diabetic coma and death.
Following his diagnosis, Rob vowed to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle to help combat the chronic condition, which can have serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, dementia, cancer and amputations due to neuropathy. The 29-year-old celebrity has reportedly been hospitalized numerous times to treat diabetes symptoms.
Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range. Patients who have the condition must follow a strict diet for the rest of their lives and many eventually need medication to help control their blood sugar. These medications are intended to be taken long-term, which increases the likelihood of serious side effects.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that a new class of type 2 diabetes medications called SGLT2 inhibitors – which includes the brand names Invokana and Invokamet – have been linked to cases of ketoacidosis.
News sources did not say whether Rob was taking medication to control his diabetes, or whether his last hospitalization was due to ketoacidosis.