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What is Ketosis and Ketoacidosis?
Ketosis occurs when the cells in the body are not getting enough energy from the sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream. As an alternative, the body will break down fat for energy instead. This process, known as ketosis, results in the production of ketone bodies in the blood.
Ketosis Can Lead to Deadly Ketoacidosis
Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the body has high ketone levels. Having ketoacidosis results in the blood becoming too acidic. High blood acidity impairs important bodily functions. This condition is severe, requires hospitalization, and can even result in death.
How SGLT2 inhibitors can cause Ketoacidosis
SGLT2 inhibitors function by increasing the amount of sugar that the kidneys remove from the blood. If they are overly effective then blood sugar levels may drop too low (hypoglycemia.) The body will seek other methods to provide needed energy to its cells.
In the absence of sugar, the body breaks down fats to provide energy, but produces a potentially dangerous byproduct known as ketone bodies. When concentrations of ketone bodies becomes too great, the level of acidity in the blood may rise beyond a tolerable level (acidosis) and impair important physiological processes.
If this is not rapidly addressed, ketoacidosis may be fatal.
Signs and Symptoms of Ketoacidosis
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is a medical emergency. Luckily, there are many symptoms to watch for in order to prevent ketoacidosis from reaching dangerous levels. Once symptoms of ketoacidosis begin, they can increase very quickly.
Early signs to watch for are:
|Excessive thirst||Blurred vision||Confusion|
|A “fruity” breath odor||Shortness of breath|
If your blood sugar becomes high and is non-responsive to medication, and/or you have multiple symptoms of ketoacidosis, you should contact your doctor immediately to determine if you need emergency care.
Treatments for Ketoacidosis
Intensive treatment of ketoacidosis involves giving insulin and fluids to the patient and monitoring electrolyte levels to ensure that they are properly balanced. If very elevated, in some cases it can take multiple days for blood sugars to return to a safe range. If ketoacidosis is left untreated, it may result in loss of consciousness, falling into a coma, and can eventually become fatal.
Contact Our Advocates Today
If you have suffered a bout of ketoacidosis while taking SGLT2 inhibitors, you may be entitled to compensation from the companies producing these drugs.
By coming forward with your case, you also provide important information to the public regarding the dangers of SGLT2 inhibitors. In doing so, you may help to remove these dangerous drugs from the market before others suffer similar side effects.
We will argue your case along with those of many others who have been victim to the dangers of these drugs and seek the financial compensation you deserve.