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How does ketoacidosis lead to metabolic acidosis?

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When you have diabetes and don't get enough insulin and get dehydrated, your body burns fat instead of carbs as fuel. Breaking down fatty acids produces ketones, which can make your blood acidic. That’s one case of metabolic acidosis, which is when the acid-base balance in your blood gets out of balance.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetic Ketoacidosis."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Renal Tubular Acidosis."

Gennari, F. November 2008. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology,

Medscape: "Metabolic Acidosis Clinical Presentation," "Metabolic Acidosis Workup," "Metabolic Acidosis: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management: Adverse Effects of Metabolic Acidosis," "Metabolic Acidosis Medication."

American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones."

Scott & White Healthcare: "Metabolic Acidosis."

UCSF School of Medicine: "Metabolic Acidosis -- Anion Gap."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetic Ketoacidosis."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Renal Tubular Acidosis."

Gennari, F. November 2008. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology,

Medscape: "Metabolic Acidosis Clinical Presentation," "Metabolic Acidosis Workup," "Metabolic Acidosis: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management: Adverse Effects of Metabolic Acidosis," "Metabolic Acidosis Medication."

American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones."

Scott & White Healthcare: "Metabolic Acidosis."

UCSF School of Medicine: "Metabolic Acidosis -- Anion Gap."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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