Signs Of Ketosis In Humans

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Ketosis: What Is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carb diet. The aim of the diet is to try and burn unwanted fat by forcing the body to rely on fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates. Ketosis is also commonly observed in patients with diabetes, as the process can occur if the body does not have enough insulin or is not using insulin correctly. Problems associated with extreme levels of ketosis are more likely to develop in patients with type 1 diabetes compared with type 2 diabetes patients. Ketosis occurs when the body does not have sufficient access to its primary fuel source, glucose. Ketosis describes a condition where fat stores are broken down to produce energy, which also produces ketones, a type of acid. As ketone levels rise, the acidity of the blood also increases, leading to ketoacidosis, a serious condition that can prove fatal. People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop ketoacidosis, for which emergency medical treatment is required to av Continue reading >>

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  1. HiLz

    When you fast for a few days or weeks or however long, do you suddenly start smelling really sweet and tasting sugar in your mouth yet you haven't eaten?
    Happened to me weeks ago and I kept telling my mum I was tasting a lot of sweetness like sugar in my mouth and smelling of sugar. She didn't think much of it.
    What's up with that anyway?

  2. poppetypop

    Ketosis - your body burning fat- causes a different taste in your mouth. It is usually 'metallic' but many report a sweet taste. Check your ketone levels with a urine stick (pharmacist) though if you're fasting you will be in ketosis.

  3. Beckytea

    you get a sweet taste from ketosis?
    I get a taste which is how I would imagine the inside of a bin would taste like!
    I think I'd much rather be you right now...

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