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Can You Get Brain Damage From Ketoacidosis?

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Diabetic Encephalopathy

Diabetic encephalopathy is damage to the brain caused by diabetes. A relatively unknown complication, encephalopathy is becoming more widely recognized as more people are diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diabetic encephalopathy presents itself both mentally and physically. It can induce an altered mental state, cognitive decline, changes in personality, memory lapses, or severe impairment like dementia. The complication can also cause tremors, lack of coordination, and even seizures. Diabetic encephalopathy is largely due to acute hypoglycemia (blood sugar levels are too low) or severe hyperglycemia (blood sugar levels are too high). The condition manifests itself differently between the two major types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes Encephalopathy in those with type 2 diabetes increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. According to a 2011 study, those with type 2 diabetes were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s and 1.75 times more likely to develop other forms of dementia than healthy participants. This increased risk could be due to many different factors brought about from type 2 diabetes. It could be caused by the body’s r Continue reading >>

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  1. razmataz1314

    Questions re fruit, veggies, ketosis (have read stickies!)

    So over the past 15 months I've been trying to lose weight. I was 6ft, 309 pounds at peak. Currently down to 215, and in order to actually start being healthy as opposed to just less fat, I want to start eating clean instead of just doing calorie deficit to lose weight.
    Whats odd in my situation is that I live on a tiny, remote tropical island. Veggies are rare here. I can get lots of extremely fresh tropical fruit though (tons of bananas, breadfruit, star fruit, tangerines, pineapple, oranges, etc.) Coconut (including homemade coconut milk and coconut oil) is also widely available. So my clean diet would basically be seafood (reef fish, yellowfin, crab, lobster), chicken, some canned or cured meats (like bacon or canned corned beef), fruit, and occasional veggies (frozen stir fry medleys, kimchi, occasional fresh leafy cabbage).
    Questions:
    1) Any tips regarding the relative lack of veggies, other than just trying to eat them whenever I can get my hands on them? I can get really basic (i.e. cheap random brand) daily multivitamins here but thats it.
    2) Will the prevalence of so much fruit prevent me from going into ketosis? Other than the fruit this will be a pretty low carb diet. I'm worried that I could end up at this state where I don't go into ketosis because of too much fruit-based carbs, but because of the relative lack of carbs I'm always low on glucose so constantly craving carbs, getting brain fog, etc. Or am I just fundamentally misunderstanding something here? I undestand I might get cravings for a month or so, but will the fruit in the diet make the cravings persist? I'm extremely reluctant to cut out fresh fruit as its obscenely delicious, fresh, and cheap here.
    3) Are starchy fruits (like breadfruit or starchy varieties of banana) much better than potatoes, flour, etc.?
    Hope I haven't violated any major norms in making this thread... thanks, and thanks for all the info on here which has helped me lose almost 100lbs so far.

  2. hardheart

    1. First of all, congratulations on losing nearly 100lbs. Good work.
    2. I'm not a resident expert on ketosis and low-carb but I would venture to say that if you're eating fruit everyday you won't be hitting ketosis very frequently if at all. Maybe one of the more experienced people with low-carb can speak on this.
    3. It depends how much banana vs. how much potato. Eating 10 bananas is going to be worse than eating 1 potato.
    4. Lack of veggies: You have the internet, so I assume you can get supplements. I know shipping is probably atrocious and nearly prohibitive but it may be worth exploring. Look in to getting veggie supplements. I assume since you're asking you don't have the time to grow you're own? I also understand that ocean climates can be a major pain in the ass to grow in due to the daylight hours (some parts of the equator getting 16 hours of strong light per day) and this may be the reason. I'd suggest getting some seeds and growing your own.

  3. Pitmiksovic

    razmataz1314 said: ↑
    2) Will the prevalence of so much fruit prevent me from going into ketosis? Other than the fruit this will be a pretty low carb diet. I'm worried that I could end up at this state where I don't go into ketosis because of too much fruit-based carbs, but because of the relative lack of carbs I'm always low on glucose so constantly craving carbs, getting brain fog, etc. Or am I just fundamentally misunderstanding something here? I undestand I might get cravings for a month or so, but will the fruit in the diet make the cravings persist? I'm extremely reluctant to cut out fresh fruit as its obscenely delicious, fresh, and cheap here. It depends on how much fruit. For ketosis the general range I have seen is no more than 60-100 g of carbs/day. You can do a low carb non-ketogenic diet though too by keeping carbs close to this range. It all works as long as you maintain your deficit. I would say forget about the ketosis, eat all the fruit you want while maintaining your deficit. Between the fresh seafood, the coconut and the other fruits, you've got a clean diet where as long as you maintain a deficit on, your weight loss will continue. If you enjoy the fruit that much and its cheap and widely available I see no reason to not eat it. If you can eat something delicious and still lose weight I would continue eating it.

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