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Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis Definition Metabolic acidosis is a pH imbalance in which the body has accumulated too much acid and does not have enough bicarbonate to effectively neutralize the effects of the acid. Description Metabolic acidosis, as a disruption of the body's acid/base balance, can be a mild symptom brought on by a lack of insulin, a starvation diet, or a gastrointestinal disorder like vomiting and diarrhea. Metabolic acidosis can indicate a more serious problem with a major organ like the liver, heart, or kidneys. It can also be one of the first signs of drug overdose or poisoning. Causes and symptoms Metabolic acidosis occurs when the body has more acid than base in it. Chemists use the term "pH" to describe how acidic or basic a substance is. Based on a scale of 14, a pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is an acid; the lower the number, the stronger the acid. A pH above 7.0 is a base; the higher the number, the stronger the base. Blood pH is slightly basic (alkaline), with a normal range of 7.36-7.44. Acid is a natural by-product of the breakdown of fats and other processes in the body; however, in some conditions, the body does not have enough bicarbonate, an acid neutral Continue reading >>

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  1. Chantruese

    Hi! So based on the excellent advice of everyone here, I'm on a daily limit of 25g total carbs each day, and I've held to that the last three days. I was thinking about testing my ketones again this weekend (after about 5 days of super strict restriction), but I'm wondering - what is the best time of day to test?

    I don't have T2DM, but am I still impacted by the dawn phenomenon? Should I plan for afternoon? Before or after food? Does any of that matter? I just don't want to waste the little blood strips, cause crap they're expensive!

  2. permabuddy

    I don't know the answer, cos I'm new also, but following the thread for this interesting question. Someone in Dudeland knows and will tell us!!

  3. Shortstuff

    The levels are up and down naturally throughout the day. I test at random times just out of curiosity.
    Most people apparently have higher levels later in the day.

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