Why Does The Body Produce Ketones?

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Ketone Bodies As A Fuel For The Brain During Starvation

THE STATUS OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF STARVATION AND BRAIN METABOLISM IN HUMANS WHEN I BEGAN MY RESEARCH This story begins in the early 1960s when the general level of knowledge about whole-body metabolism during human starvation was grossly deficient. This was partly caused by a lack of accurate and specific methods for measuring hormones and fuels in biological fluids, which became available about 1965.11 Rigidly designed protocols for studying human volunteers or obese patients, who underwent semi- or total starvation for prolonged periods of time, were not widely employed, and much of the published data regarding metabolic events during starvation were not readily accessible. To complicate matters further, a great deal of the available data was confusing because much of the supposition regarding mechanisms used by the body to survive prolonged periods of starvation was based upon information that was obtained from nonstandardized and often erroneous procedures for studying metabolism. For example, the rate of urinary nitrogen excretion during starvation was sometimes confounded by the consumption of carbohydrate during the studies. Today, students of biochemistry take for granted the Continue reading >>

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  1. Robert Wolverton

    Insulin is an essential hormone, necessary for metabolism of glucose and thus energy production. It’s the lack of insulin, or the inability to respond to it, that creates problems. While Type I diabetics don’t make enough, Type II diabetics initially produce above-normal amounts of insulin because their tissues are relatively insensitive to the hormone (over time, their insulin production may drop as well, but the amount of supplemental insulin required to normalize blood glucose often remains elevated).

  2. Craig Good

    Never ask why until you’ve asked if. Insulin is not the root cause of any health problem. Inappropriate insulin levels can be primary symptoms of a number of health problems. As for what it does, see the Role of Insulin in the Body and Effect on Blood Glucose .

  3. Liang-Hai Sie

    How so it is the root cause of many health problems? It is not. We need insulin to lower elevated, thus regulate, our blood glucose levels.

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