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A 37-year-old member asked:

what causes diabetic keto acidosis?

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Dr. Daniel Zanger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Dka: Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition whereby glucose which is used by cells for energy is not made available to the cells due to a lack of insulin. The lack of Insulin causes a dramatic rise in blood sugar triggering a host of meatbolic derangemants including dehydration as well as the production of ketones which are toxic as it raises the bodies acid level and will affect potassium levels.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Will acidosis kill me if I don't get treatment?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Yes: Especially if it does not correct or the cause is not getting better.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is hyperchloremic acidosis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Loss of fixed base: This is lost from the body when the proximal renal tubule does a poor job of reabsorbing bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) drainage of pancreatic fluid, diarrhea (usually rich in potassium and bicarbonate), and a few less common entities. It's a sign on a lab report intended to guide treatment rather than a disease itself. Great question, and thanks for asking.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is diabetic keto acidosis?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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DKA: A metabolic emergency for patients primarily with type 1 diabetes, DKA symptoms include those of high blood sugars initially. As the ketones build up, patients may have a fruity odor on the breath, get abdominal pain & vomit. Because they're already urinating a lot, dehydration can get bad. Some may breathe fast, get headaches, have altered consciousness. Without proper treatment, death imminent.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: acidosis?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Acid build up: Normally our body chemistry is kept in a narrow range, and in particular the amount of acid in the body is kept within a narrow range. The amount of acid is measured by a value called the ph. It is normally a value between 7.35 and 7.45, values below 7.35 are considered to be "acidotic" a patient with this value of the blood chemistry would have an "acidosis".
A 39-year-old member asked:

Doctors, what is the difference between acidosis and alkalemia?

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Dr. Jason Kline
Nephrology and Dialysis 19 years experience
Blood pH: An acidosis is any condition that leads to an abnormally low pH of the arterial blood. An alkalemia is is the presence of an abnormally high arterial blood pH.

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