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Why Dka & Nutritional Ketosis Are Not The Same

There’s a very common misconception and general misunderstanding around ketones. Specifically, the misunderstandings lie in the areas of: ketones that are produced in low-carb diets of generally less than 50 grams of carbs per day, which is low enough to put a person in a state of “nutritional ketosis” ketones that are produced when a diabetic is in a state of “diabetic ketoacidosis” (DKA) and lastly, there are “starvation ketones” and “illness-induced ketones” The fact is they are very different. DKA is a dangerous state of ketosis that can easily land a diabetic in the hospital and is life-threatening. Meanwhile, “nutritional ketosis” is the result of a nutritional approach that both non-diabetics and diabetics can safely achieve through low-carb nutrition. Diabetic Ketoacidosis vs. Nutritional Ketosis Ryan Attar (soon to be Ryan Attar, ND) helps explain the science and actual human physiology behind these different types of ketone production. Ryan is currently studying to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut and also pursuing a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition. He has interned under the supervision of the very well-known diabetes doc, Dr Continue reading >>

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  1. Ana Gretu

    I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1insulino dependent on the age of 22 years. In the beginning I was very scared, now I have a little girl of 2 years and lead a life like everybody, but take into account diet , exercise . etc.
    There are 4 types of diabetes.
    ♦ Type 1 diabetes affects children and young adults, and is due to a major defect of the pancreas not producing insulin. Before the discovery of insulin (1920 s), people with type 1 diabetes lived one year. Today, insulin treatment allows a life where nothing is forbidden activities that may have a person with type 1 diabetes are the same as those without diabetes.
    ♦ The second main type of diabetes, and most frequently (5-6 times more common than type 1), is type 2 diabetes, also called adult diabetes, or diabetes obese after an older name due to very frequent association of diabetes type 2 and obesity. In fact, it has been demonstrated that obesity is one of the reasons for the occurrence of type 2 diabetes, which explains the onset of the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes with obesity epidemic today. Type 2 diabetes differs from Type 1 diabetes in that it occurs most often along with a group of diseases, which also includes, alongside obesity, and hypertension, fatty liver...
    ♦ A third type of diabetes is diabetes that occurs along or due to other diseases (diabetes specific or secondary). This type of diabetes takes many forms, and treated with a disease that accompanies it.

    ♦ The last category is a special category, called gestational diabetes, a carbohydrate metabolism disorder that first appears during pregnancy, which can result in the absence of treatment, the risks, especially for children. This condition is different from the situation in which a woman with diabetes becomes pregnant.

  2. Dianne DeCook

    Yes. My son was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes which means he requires insulin injections to maintain normal blood sugars. Type One Diabetes is an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack the Pancreatic Beta cells, destroying them and stopping the body’s ability to produce Insulin. You need insulin to live. Without it a T1D patient will not be able to metabolize carbohydrates (sugar) so their body will live off their protein (muscle mass) which often brings on Diabetic KetoAcidosis which, without insulin, is fatal.

  3. Pippi M. R. Groving

    Yes.
    If someone in my household has diabetes and I stated that, I would know which kind it were.
    After all most of my education is about human diseases, so I usually know the specifics of any diseases in my household.

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