Under normal circumstances your boyfriend’s idea to reduce lactic acidosis might be
appropriate. However, in this case, the issue is not with availability of oxygen, but with the
availability of appropriate energy sources. Let me explain both aspects.
Lactic acidosis is a disorder that occurs when lactic acid builds up in the bloodstream
faster than it can be removed. It is typically characterized by the buildup of lactate and low pH in
body tissues and blood. Lactic acid is produced when oxygen levels in the body drop. Lactic
acidosis occurs naturally in individuals with vigorous fitness routines. Lactic acidosis normally
occurs when cells receive too little oxygen. This may be the reason your boyfriend believes that
giving oxygen or giving a drug to increase the red blood cell count may cure the problem. On the
other hand, for people suffering from mutations affecting the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex
(PDC), there is another piece of the puzzle that has to be explored.