Metabolic acidosis is a type of acidosis wherein there is a disruption of your body’s acid to base balance, causing excessive blood acidity.
Metabolic acidosis can be a symptom of many conditions, such as:
- liver failure
- heart failure
- kidney failure
- diabetic ketoacidosis
- alcoholic ketoacidosis
Ketoacidosis is the build up of ketones in your blood. And they form when your body breaks down fat for energy. This condition is an acute form of metabolic acidosis.
Metabolic acidosis itself typically only causes rapid breathing. And beyond your quick breathing, most other symptoms are caused by an underlying disease or condition causing symptoms like:
- bone pain
- chest pain
- blurred vision
- abdominal pain
- mental confusion
- nausea & vomiting
- visual disturbances
- generalized muscle weakness
Metabolic acidosis can be a mildly chronic condition. But its severe quick, rapid breathing may lead to shock or death.
Treatment is targeted at your acidic causing condition. Sometimes,sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda, may be ordered to reduce the acidity of your blood.
Healthy control of your diabetes sustains metabolic acidosis prevention for the insulin challenged.