Diabetic ketoacidosis associated with Metabolife: a report of two cases
While I’m in no way a fan of Metabolife (so what’s wrong with not changing anything about your lifestyle that got you overweight in the first place?? Just continue eating McDonald’s and BK and just take this little, safe pill…), this report actually surprised me, although the physiology of it does make sense after I read it. Ephedra prods the adrenal glands to work harder (even though most of our adrenal glands are already tapped out) and produce catecholamines like epinephrine (adrenaline). This causes glucose to be released into the bloodstream for immediate availability for energy by the muscles as you’re running from that sabre toothed tiger. Well, we all know what prolonged elevation of glucose in the bloodstream results in–hyperinsulinemia and potentially diabetes.