Our body uses insulin to assist the absorption of glucose into our cells, which provides energy to our muscles. If our bodies cannot produce enough insulin, such as the case of diabetics, fat is broken down into an alternative source of energy. Unfortunately, this process creates toxic acids in our bloodstream known as ketones. An excess amount of ketones as ketoacidosis which can lead to diabetic comas, brain swelling and even death. In a recent FDA report, medical researchers found that the use of SGLT2 inhibitors can lead to ketoacidosis. Prescription medications such as Invokana, an SGLT2 inhibitor, can lead to kidney failure and all of the other side effects common to ketoacidosis. The kidneys regulate blood pressure, red blood cell production and electrolytes.

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