diabetestalk.net

What Ketones Do To The Body?

Share on facebook

What Are Ketone Bodies And Why Are They In The Body?

If you eat a calorie-restricted diet for several days, you will increase the breakdown of your fat stores. However, many of your tissues cannot convert these fatty acid products directly into ATP, or cellular energy. In addition, glucose is in limited supply and must be reserved for red blood cells -- which can only use glucose for energy -- and brain tissues, which prefer to use glucose. Therefore, your liver converts many of these fatty acids into ketone bodies, which circulate in the blood and provide a fuel source for your muscles, kidneys and brain. Video of the Day Low fuel levels in your body, such as during an overnight fast or while you are dieting, cause hormones to increase the breakdown of fatty acids from your stored fat tissue. These fatty acids travel to the liver, where enzymes break the fatty acids into ketone bodies. The ketone bodies are released into the bloodstream, where they travel to tissues that have the enzymes to metabolize ketone bodies, such as your muscle, brain, kidney and intestinal cells. The breakdown product of ketone bodies goes through a series of steps to form ATP. Conditions of Ketone Body Utilization Your liver will synthesize more ketone bod Continue reading >>

Share on facebook

Popular Questions

  1. Shanell08

    High Blood Sugars with No Ketones

    Question:
    So my boyfriend has had Type 1 Diabetes for over 10 years now and while having High Blood Sugars he has never had any ketones. Everytime he tests it is always negative. Even with a Blood Sugar of 500. What does this mean? What is his body using for fuel? Should I be alarmed? Thanks!

  2. hannahtan

    Interesting... perhaps your bf is still producing that tiny bit of insulin which is what that is keeping him from developing into DKA but not enough to regulate his bg?

  3. MarkM

    Originally Posted by Shanell08
    ... while having High Blood Sugars he has never had any ketones. Everytime he tests it is always negative. Even with a Blood Sugar of 500. What does this mean? What is his body using for fuel? Should I be alarmed? Thanks! It just means that there is enough circulating insulin for for the body's glucose requirements to be satisfied. Ketones are produced when fat or muscle are broken down. And large amounts of ketones are only produced if there is inadequate insulin for glucose to be used as fuel to keep the body ticking over.

  4. -> Continue reading
read more close

Related Articles

Popular Articles

More in ketosis