Ketoacidosis Causes

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Wed, 06/23/2010

Ketoacidosis is due to low or no insulin. Emotional feeling, physical illness, alcohol abuse, and improper insulin therapy may lower insulin.

Insulin & Ketoacidosis Causes

Glucose is the main source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and other tissues. Normally, glucose enters the cells with the help of insulin. If do not have enough insulin in the body, body will not be able to use glucose for energy. This lead to the release of hormones that break down fat as an alternate fuel, this produces toxic acids known as ketones. Excess ketones accumulate in the blood and eventually come out through urine.

Diabetic ketoacidosis triggering cause:

  • Illness - An infection or illness (commonly Pneumonia and urinary tract infections) can produce hormone’s adrenaline. Unfortunately, these hormones work against insulin and sometimes triggering diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Improper insulin therapy - Missed insulin treatments or inadequate insulin therapy can leave with too little or no insulin and triggers diabetic ketoacidosis.

Other triggering causes of diabetic ketoacidosis:

  • Stress or tension
  • Physical or emotional trauma
  • Very high fever
  • After surgery
  • Heart attack or Stroke
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

You forgot not; untreated diabetic ketoacidosis could be fatal.