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Ketoacidosis Pathophysiology

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Print Overview Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can't produce enough insulin. Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated. If you have diabetes or you're at risk of diabetes, learn the warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — and know when to seek emergency care. Symptoms Diabetic ketoacidosis signs and symptoms often develop quickly, sometimes within 24 hours. For some, these signs and symptoms may be the first indication of having diabetes. You may notice: Excessive thirst Frequent urination Nausea and vomiting Abdominal pain Weakness or fatigue Shortness of breath Fruity-scented breath Confusion More-specific signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — which can be detected through home blood and urine testing kits — include: High blood sugar l Continue reading >>

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  1. tripsteady

    Hi All
    So... does it ever go away or is it always there as long as you are in Keto? If so, when does it go away on average?
    I would imagine bad breath would be the bane of a keto'ers lifestyle...

  2. Addbutter

    Drink more water. I don't notice it after some years on it, but maybe I'm blissfully unaware

  3. anbeav

    Same here, I have it some days and not others though it's likely that I recognize it some days and not others mostly post workout and before eating

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