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Acidosis

Post by anita_ragu » Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:34 am

Do you guys know why people with diabetes experience acidosis (blood pH becomes acidic)?

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Post by cardiorrhexis » Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:39 am

It's from excess ketones....basically ketones are a byproduct of fat and protein metabolism. With an unregulated diabetic, or a chronic hyperglycemic diabetic, the body burns fat at rapid rates and causes an excessive amount of ketones. The keytones create an acidotic state, ketones are an acid. Then you have a whole lot of compensatory and decompensatory metabolic acidosis states...blah blah blah... it's a big, messy process....but if untreated will most likely result in coma and death.
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Post by anita_ragu » Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:43 am

Thank you, that really helps :)

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Post by cardiorrhexis » Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:45 am

No problem...


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