JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was taken to the AIl India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims) with low blood pressure and glucose levels on Thursday, was diagnosed with ketosis, a condition where the body burns fat faster in the absence of solid food over long durations.
Doctors however said his condition was stable and improving, and could likely be discharged late on Friday.
For the past nine days, Kumar has been on a hunger strike to protest against his university administration, accompanied by 24 other JNU students.
On Thursday evening, he was rushed to the Aiims emergency ward after bouts of vomiting and drowsiness.
“Kanhaiya Kumar is stable,” said a senior doctor at Aiims, requesting anonymity.
“He was brought to our emergency on Thursday evening, with ketones level on the higher side and mild dehydration. Ketones start rising when the body starts metabolising fat to get energy when the person has not been eating for long,” the doctor said.
He has been put on a saline drip to restore his electrolyte imbalance.
The 29-year-old was initially taken to the health centre at JNU in a semi-conscious state on Thursday. He had low blood pressure and his glucose levels had also dropped drastically. Though put on saline drip, his condition didn’t improve and in fact got worse. He was then transferred to Aiims.
WHAT IS KETOSIS
It is a condition in which the body burns more fat for energy after days of no solid food. Due to the higher fat metabolism, people develop symptoms such as nausea, headaches, exhaustion and fatigue.