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What Is The Cause Of Metabolic Acidosis?

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Common Causes Of Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when too much acid accumulates within the body. Metabolic acidosis is typically caused by underlying conditions that cause the excess acid levels. Patients with metabolic acidosis develop rapid breathing, confusion, lethargy, shock and, in untreated cases, death, according to MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health website. Treatment focuses on curing the diseases causing the metabolic acidosis. Video of the Day Diabetes mellitus can cause metabolic acidosis. The disease prevents the body from utilizing sugar within the bloodstream. Therefore, the body breaks down fat and protein for energy. The by-products of this degradation are molecules called ketones. Ketones are acidic substances that build up in patients with untreated diabetes. High ketone levels lead to a specific kind of metabolic acidosis called diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition can be fatal if medical treatment is not provided immediately. Typically, acid is filtered through the kidneys and excreted in the urine. However, patients with severe kidney disease are unable to properly filter and eliminate the acid from the bloodstream. Therefore, kidney disease can be a 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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