Ketoacidosis Research Paper

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What is Ketoacidosis in diabetics?

Cells will normally use glucose as a source of energy. Diabetic Ketoacidosis occurs when the cells can no longer take the glucose from the blood in an efficient manner. In this case the cells begin to convert fatty acids into energy. The byproduct of this conversion are ketone acids. Normally small amounts of ketone acids can be taken care of by the kidneys and the liver, however a large concentration can lower the body's PH level, in essence create an hyper acidic condition in the body.

What causes it?

As stated in the beginning paragraph, Diabetic Ketoacidosis is from the cells lack of ability to convert sugar to energy, forcing it to look elsewhere for an energy source. The cell instead converts fatty acids to energy. A byproduct of this is a build up of Ketone
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Why?

Acids in living organisms can prevent infections by killing viruses and certain bacteria are found in foods and water. This is a natural occurrence that is very delicate and can easily be disrupted. If the PH level becomes too high, invasive viruses and bacteria can grow and be harmful.

What is the source of acid that causes ketoacidosis in diabetics?

The source of the acid that causes Ketoacidosis is from cells that break down fatty acids for energy. They cannot properly regulate Ketone production causing a build up of Keto acids.

Why is PH regulated in your body?

The body must regulate PH levels too have enough acidity to be able to fight infections, bacteria and viruses. The body must also be able to keep the level of acidity low enough to not harm itself.

How is the pH of your blood regulated?

One way to regulate our bodies PH is by increasing CO2 levels. CO2 disassociates to carbonic acid which will lower the bodies PH level, Causing it to become more acidic. The reverse is true if the bodies PH level is too low. To increase PH level, the body can decrease the intake of CO2.

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