Lactic acidosis is a medical condition characterized by the buildup of lactate (especially L-lactate) in the body, which results in an excessively low pH in the bloodstream. It is a form of metabolic acidosis, in which excessive acid accumulates because of a problem with the body’s metabolism of lactic acid.

It is especially important to treat lactic acidosis in patients with type 2 diabetes.


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