In studying diabetic ketoacidosis, there is one point that I am struggling to understand:
I don't understand why the body would need to start breaking down fat, resulting in ketone bodies, if the person is consuming fat and protein in their diet. As in, they are not in complete starvation for a prolonged period of time. If the body isn't receiving carbohydrates, wouldn't it use fat and protein instead and not have any need to breakdown fat stores?
I feel like I'm missing a crucial piece of the puzzle.
Thank you!