What is the life threatening process that can occur during acute diabetic hyperglycemic crisis? What fatty acid metabolites causes this? Why is there an increase in these metabolites in the blood?
Fats are mobilized, ketones increase and spill into urine, because they are negatively charged they carry out Na+ and K+ with the urine. Causes vomiting, lowers blood pH (ketoacidosis), disrupts heart activity and oxygen transport, severe depression of nervous system which leads to coma and death.