Fasting Ketoacidosis Symptoms

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Not to be confused with Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body's energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. Ketosis is a result of metabolizing fat to provide energy. Ketosis is a nutritional process characterised by serum concentrations of ketone bodies over 0.5 mM, with low and stable levels of insulin and blood glucose.[1][2] It is almost always generalized with hyperketonemia, that is, an elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood throughout the body. Ketone bodies are formed by ketogenesis when liver glycogen stores are depleted (or from metabolising medium-chain triglycerides[3]). The main ketone bodies used for energy are acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate,[4] and the levels of ketone bodies are regulated mainly by insulin and glucagon.[5] Most cells in the body can use both glucose and ketone bodies for fuel, and during ketosis, free fatty acids and glucose synthesis (gluconeogenesis) fuel the remainder. Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet (ketogenic diet), and deliberately induced ketosis serves as a medical i Continue reading >>

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  1. Anonymous

    Whilst at my clinic visit today, they took a urine sample to test for ketones. There were none and I was pronounced 'Normal'.
    The consultant was very pleased by this - explaining that if they'd found ketones it would be a problem - not good at all.
    Isn't Ketosis a good way of reducing weight? or is it very very bad (as was suggested today).

  2. borofergie

    Ketones can be a sign of ketoacidosis, which is very, very bad.
    They can also be a sign of ketosis, which is very, very, good for weight loss, and not at all harmful.
    Consultants that confuse ketosis and ketoacidosis are very, very, bad, and IMHO are not fit to practice medicine.

  3. noblehead

    borofergie said:
    Ketones can be a sign of ketoacidosis, which is very, very bad.
    They can also be a sign of ketosis, which is very, very, good for weight loss, and not at all harmful.
    My Endo has always insisted both are harmful.

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