Understanding Kussmaul Breathing

Our body works hard to maintain a contrast body temperature and blood pH level Kussmaul Breathing involves consistent very deep breathing at a normal or increased rate.  Kussmaul breathing is usually caused by high acidity levels in the blood. It is a form of hyperventilation, which is described as any breathing pattern that reduces carbon dioxide in the blood due to increased rate or depth of respiration.

What are the symptoms?

  • deep breathing
  • a rapid respiratory rate
  • a respiratory rate that is even and consistent in rate and rhythm

Keep in mind, people suffering  from Kussmaul breathing have no control over how they are breathing and it’s caused by an hidden or unknown condition.

Diabetic ketoacidosis and lactic acidosis are the two main causes that may lead to Kussmaul breathing. They all need to be diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional.

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis 
    This is a serious complication most often associated mostly with type 1 diabetes but may be seen in patients with type 2, but it’s not that common. The patients cannot produce enough insulin,  their bodies break down fats for fuels rather than sugar, producing very high amounts of ketones (which are acidic) in the blood and in the urine, which can in turn be detected in a urine sample.
  • Lactic acidosis
    is a form of metabolic acidosis that begins when a person overproduces or underutilized lactic acid, and their body is not able to adjust to these changes. Common causes include some types of cancers, organ failure and excessive alcohol drinking.

Please take  symptoms seriously and consult your health care professional as in the end they may be life threatening.


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