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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Print Overview Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can't produce enough insulin. Insulin normally plays a key role in helping sugar (glucose) — a major source of energy for your muscles and other tissues — enter your cells. Without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel. This process produces a buildup of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated. If you have diabetes or you're at risk of diabetes, learn the warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — and know when to seek emergency care. Symptoms Diabetic ketoacidosis signs and symptoms often develop quickly, sometimes within 24 hours. For some, these signs and symptoms may be the first indication of having diabetes. You may notice: Excessive thirst Frequent urination Nausea and vomiting Abdominal pain Weakness or fatigue Shortness of breath Fruity-scented breath Confusion More-specific signs of diabetic ketoacidosis — which can be detected through home blood and urine testing kits — include: High blood sugar l Continue reading >>

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  1. Codester

    I apologize if this was posted and answered before. I did a quick search and couldn't find anything.
    My question is, if I've been doing well for a while and am in ketosis, does cheating for a day immediately kick me out of ketosis, and if so, how long does it take to get back? I've noticed that, after a particularly weak-willed weekend, it takes me two or three days to feel normal again, so it made me wonder if that had a correlation to ketosis. I won't pretend to know exactly how ketosis works, so if my question is stupid, forgive me.

  2. Spruce Goose

    Re: Ketosis and cheating
    Before googling I would have said: I think I'd read somewhere that it could take "up to a week".
    After googling: Typically "2-3 days" but "it varies".
    Someone may chime in with a better answer

  3. gitfiddle

    Re: Ketosis and cheating
    Okay, this is the one that makes the most sense to me: When you reduce your carb intake, your body manufactures enzymes that can metabolize fat. When it's up and running, you finally feel better. That can take a few weeks, but it's worth it.
    When you ingest carbs, you may no longer have enough enzymes to do it efficiently. So, back to the furnace to make more! You're no longer in ketosis and have to go through the process all over again.
    Now, I'm not a nutritionist and that's overly simplified, and quite possibly in error. Somebody may come up with a better explanation.

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