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Metabolic Acidosis Lab Values Potassium

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Lab Test Interpretation

The various multiparameter blood chemistry and hematology profilesoffered by most labs represent an economical way by which alarge amount of information concerning a patient's physiologic statuscan be made available to the physician. The purpose of this monograph isto serve as a reference for the interpretation of abnormalities of eachof the parameters. Because reference ranges (except for some lipid studies)are typically defined as the range of values of the median 95% of thehealthy population, it is unlikely that a given specimen, even from ahealthy patient, will show "normal" values for all the tests ina lengthy profile. Therefore, caution should be exercised to preventoverreaction to miscellaneous, mild abnormalities without clinicalcorrelate. Units of measurement: America against the world American labs use a different version of the metric system than doesmost of the rest of the world, which uses the SystmeInternationale (SI). In some cases translation between the twosystems is easy, but the difference between the two is most pronouncedin measurement of chemical concentration. The American system generallyuses mass per unit volume, while SI uses moles per unit volume. Sincem Continue reading >>

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  1. Kingleonidas

    Metformin and DKA>>

    Just wondering, I have read that taking metformin without food can lead to dka, or does this usually pertain to people who eat absolutely nothing or very little all day?
    I am going to start my 850mg three times a day at about 4-5am, 9-10am, then again at the end of the day when I go to bed.
    Has anyone had a problem with metformin and dka?
    Thanks.

  2. MarkM

    no, metformin won't cause dka. its main action is to inhibit glycogenolysis. only insufficient insulin will cause dka. metformin can cause lactic acidosis, but it is not the same thing as ketoacidosis (dka).

  3. Ken S

    Studies have also shown that the risk of getting lactic acidosis with or without taking metformin is about the same. This is an extremely rare affliction that only really seems to affect patients with serious preexisting health problems. It's really not an issue to be concerned about.
    As for DKA, metformin is contradicted in cases where patients are experiencing symptoms of DKA, and therefore it may be surmised that it may worsen this condition, although it does not seem to cause it.

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