How Does Ketoacidosis Cause Metabolic Acidosis

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Alcoholic Ketoacidosis

What is alcoholic ketoacidosis? Cells need glucose (sugar) and insulin to function properly. Glucose comes from the food you eat, and insulin is produced by the pancreas. When you drink alcohol, your pancreas may stop producing insulin for a short time. Without insulin, your cells won’t be able to use the glucose you consume for energy. To get the energy you need, your body will start to burn fat. When your body burns fat for energy, byproducts known as ketone bodies are produced. If your body is not producing insulin, ketone bodies will begin to build up in your bloodstream. This buildup of ketones can produce a life-threatening condition known as ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis, or metabolic acidosis, occurs when you ingest something that is metabolized or turned into an acid. This condition has a number of causes, including: shock kidney disease abnormal metabolism In addition to general ketoacidosis, there are several specific types. These types include: alcoholic ketoacidosis, which is caused by excessive consumption of alcohol diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which mostly develops in people with type 1 diabetes starvation ketoacidosis, which occurs most often in women who are pregna Continue reading >>

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  1. Paraish Misra

    This side effect was very common with phenformin (metformin’s “parent drug”), and in fact led to its withdrawal from many markets. However, lactic acidosis appears to be very uncommon with metformin. In fact, whether or not lactic acidosis occurs at all with metformin is a matter of intense debate among some physicians. Nonetheless, out of safety, physicians will not prescribe metformin to patients at high risk of lactic acidosis (such as patients with advanced kidney disease).

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