What Is Ketoacidosis Mean?

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What Is Dka? - Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life threatening condition for patients with diabetes. Learn the trigger for, the symptoms of, and the treatment for this terrifying condition in this lesson. What Is Diabetic Ketoacidosis? Everything that goes needs fuel. Your car needs gas, your laptop needs a battery, and you need food! When we eat food, not only are we enjoying something yummy, but we are fueling our body for all the thousands of tasks it is asked to do. We ingest whole food, and our digestive system breaks it down into different components - sugars, fats, proteins - that can be used as fuel. One of the most common types of fuel our bodies use is glucose (a sugar). Now, once the body has broken down the food into glucose, a hormone named insulin helps get the glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. Just like the hose and nozzle at the gas pump help you get gasoline into the tank of your car. Think if you pulled up to a gas station and there was no hose or nozzle; could you get gas? Of course not! And the same is true in our bodies. If there is no insulin, then the glucose is unable to enter the cells to be used as fuel. When the body lacks insulin, like in type 1 diabetes, it can Continue reading >>

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  1. just hopping!

    RE: Bad Breath and Running

    Why do you think it's from running?

  2. Brent

    RE: Bad Breath and Running

    Two possibilities, both of which can be related to your running:
    1. Dehydration. If you are dehydrated, your breath can stink.
    2. Ketosis. This is the condition you get if you follow one of those low-carb, high-protein diets. One of the side-effects of ketosis is bad body odor and bad breath. Are you cutting down on your carbs? Are you dieting? Are you eating lots of meat while shying away from grains, fruits, and vegatables? The effects of a low-carb diet (including bad breath) are going to be magnified if you're exercising.
    So, drink lots of water and eat some carbs.

  3. runnerchick

    RE: Bad Breath and Running

    do you brush your teeth regularly, floss and use mouthwash? flossing often helps a lot.

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