Ketoacidosis Vs Ketosis

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Ketosis Vs. Ketoacidosis: Things You Should Know!

What is Ketoacidosis? Despite the resemblance in name, ketosis and ketoacidosis are two very different things. Ketoacidosis refers to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and is a complication of type 1 diabetes mellitus. It’s a life-threatening condition caused due to dangerously high levels of ketones and blood glucose levels. This rare combination makes the blood highly acidic, which can affect the normal functioning of internal organs like your liver and kidneys. It’s vital that you get timely treatment. DKA can occur very speedily. It may develop in less than 24 hours. It frequently occurs in people with type 1 diabetes whose bodies do not produce enough functional insulin. What is ketosis? Ketosis is the presence of ketones in the body. It’s not harmful. You can be in ketosis if you’re following a low-carbohydrate diet or fasting, or if you’ve consumed a lot of alcohol. If your body is in the state of ketosis, you will have a higher than normal level of ketones in your blood or urine, but not too high to cause acidosis. Ketones are byproducts your body produces when it burns stored fat cells. Some people choose a low-carb diet to help with their weight loss goals. While ther Continue reading >>

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  1. mountainjillian

    I know that an essential part of the Whole 30 is teaching your body to rely on fats for energy versus glucose. From my understanding, this is achieved through ketosis. Now, as a Type 1 diabetic, I understand that ketoacidosis, while different from ketosis, is very dangerous. I treat my diabetes with insulin, and my blood sugar has been pretty stable since starting the Whole 30 (much better than usual in fact, and having to take less!). I've read that if your body doesn't produce insulin, it won't know what healthy levels of ketone production is, and could produce too much leading to ketoacidosis. Is this something I should be concerned about during my Whole 30, or does my insulin that I take keep it all in check? Advice from any diabetics most welcome!

  2. CAK911

    My understanding is that Whole30 doesn't actually push you into ketosis, it's fat adaption not fat reliance -- so you CAN use stores of fat, but you aren't ONLY using stores of fat. Whole30 can actually include a fair amount of carbohydrate from vegetable sources. One of the mods probably has a more developed answer to this.

  3. Tom Denham

    CAK911 is right. You do not need to restrict carbs and put yourself into ketosis to achieve great results during a Whole30. We want you to eat as many carbs from vegetables as you need. Most people feel and perform better eating a sweet potato or another similar serving of carbs every day. I know I do. I even sleep better when I have some carbs during the day.
    I hope some diabetics will add there personal experience here as I am not expert with type 1 diabetes.

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