What Are The Dangers Of The Ketosis Diet?
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the "Atkins" and low carb dieting thing was just coming on in a big way, there was a terrific number of idiotic claims made about the dangers of it -- many of them confusing (as the questioner points out) diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition, with voluntary nutritional ketosis, even though there is no relation whatever. But, leaving all that aside, some caution is in order. The diet seems to stress the adrenals. This has been noted anecdotally by many people who've followed the diet. It was also noted by Dr Wolfgang Lutz, one of the early pioneers of the diet, who personally practiced the diet for 40-odd years, as well as advocated the diet to thousands of his patients. He noted in his book on the subject ("Life Without Bread" was the title, though it was published later I believe under a different title) that some patients would suffer mild autoimmune reactions that required small doses of corticosteroids to control. This sounds like what would happen if the adrenals are failing to produce a normal amount of steroids. You can find a lot more of a mostly-anecdotal nature by searching for "ketogenic jaminet". Paul Jaminet is a popular health blogger who has written about what he perceives to be problems with the ketogenic diet, including the possibility of deficiency of mucus and other key glycoproteins. He has some scientific backing for what he is saying, but it is far from air-tight. Read and judge for yourself. You can also learn a lot from the comments below his posts. Jaminet and others have also written about the risk of kidney stones on the ketogenic diet, and this is a serious concern, albeit a rare occurence. As far as the kidney stress goes: this would I believe be easy to avert simply by taking some alkali during Continue reading >>
What Is Ketosis?
"Ketosis" is a word you'll probably see when you're looking for information on diabetes or weight loss. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? That depends. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. If you're healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don't normally make or use ketones. But when you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy. It can also happen after exercising for a long time and during pregnancy. For people with uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis is a sign of not using enough insulin. Ketosis can become dangerous when ketones build up. High levels lead to dehydration and change the chemical balance of your blood. Ketosis is a popular weight loss strategy. Low-carb eating plans include the first part of the Atkins diet and the Paleo diet, which stress proteins for fueling your body. In addition to helping you burn fat, ketosis can make you feel less hungry. It also helps you maintain muscle. For healthy people who don't have diabetes and aren't pregnant, ketosis usually kicks in after 3 or 4 days of eating less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. That's about 3 slices of bread, a cup of low-fat fruit yogurt, or two small bananas. You can start ketosis by fasting, too. Doctors may put children who have epilepsy on a ketogenic diet, a special high-fat, very low-carb and protein plan, because it might help prevent seizures. Adults with epilepsy sometimes eat modified Atkins diets. Some research suggests that ketogenic diets might help lower your risk of heart disease. Other studies show sp Continue reading >>
Would You Eat Food That Was Genetically Modified?
Not only do I eat GMOs, I willingly inject myself with GMOs 5–8 times a day! It is my secret to a long life. “What?” I can hear your gasping disbelief from here. “Why would you do something so harmful to yourself? Don't you realize how BAD GMOS are?” I have Type 1 diabetes. For those of you who don't know, it is an autoimmune disease that causes the islet cells of the pancreas (they are responsible for producing insulin) to die off. When your body cannot produce its own insulin, you must inject man made insulin several times a day. If you don't, your blood glucose levels will rise to dangerous levels and your blood chemistry goes wonky (scientific medical term). Without insulin, your blood begins burning fat and muscle for fuel instead of carbs. The acidic byproduct is called ketones. You may have heard of low-carb diets that suggest you check your urine for ketones and applaud you if you manage to get a pink square on the ketone strip. However, with Type 1, that pink square is terrifying. It means you are going into ketoacidosis, which is a life threatening emergency. Without treatment, you will die. Quickly. If you have Type 1 diabetes (only loosely related to Type 2 diabetes, which is what most people recognize as diabetes) you must be on insulin. No matter how healthy your diet. No matter how few carbs you eat. No matter how thin and fit you are. You must be on insulin. Commercially produced insulin used to be made from cows and pigs. Now it is created in a lab, by genetically modifying yeast spores. Lab created insulin is the perfect example of a genetically modified organism. Without GMOS, I would be dead within a week or two. Yes, I allow GMOS into my body. Gladly. Continue reading >>
What Should Be The Blood Sugar Level For A Long Period Of Fasting?
You asked, What should be the blood sugar level for a long period of fasting? Blood sugar levels are not a relevant marker during any long period of fasting*; and, There is no objective/absolute should be level of blood sugar necessary in emerging ketosis and ketoadaptation, i.e. during a long period of fasting. (*NOTE: long periods of fasting were previously considered to be water fasting for 40 days or more, but for this conversation I will choose 10 days of continuous fasting as the threshold for defining what is a long period). The body will produce blood sugar levels in fasting (through gluconeogenesis), but these levels are dependent upon how well (or not) the body is ketoadapted – and the variability of work demanded of the body during the fast. In other words, anyone telling you that blood glucose levels in our bodies must be some absolute number, or that at any one particularly low number everyone should become alarmed and be rushed to the hospital, is committing any of the below errors by offering such opinion, well-intentioned or not: totally ignorant of fasting metabolisms totally misinformed, but proud to passionately share that misinformation (i.e. full of shit) some combination of the above Fasting creates an entirely different metabolic baseline of fuel production and usage in our bodies. Our bodies naturally shift from using diet-based blood glucose into using stored fat for fuel – moving through fasting ketosis and then back again to blood glucose after breaking the fast and when the eating of foodstuffs (other than on ketogenic diets) resumes to sufficient levels to create surplus blood glucose and an insulin response. Ketosis and glucagon are what enables our bodies to mobilize adipose tissue (i.e. stored fat) as fuel, converting free fatty acids Continue reading >>
After A Ketogenic Diet, How Do Ketone Bodies Deposit In Our Cells Such As Neurons And Cause Acidosis And Harm?
DONT CONFUSE DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS AND DIETARY KETOSIS Diabetic patients know that the detection in their urine of the ketone bodies is a danger signal that their diabetes is poorly controlled. Indeed, in severely uncontrolled diabetes, if the ketone bodies are produced in massive supranormal quantities, they are associated with ketoacidosis . In this life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus, the acids 3-hydroxybutyric acid and acetoacetic acid are produced rapidly, causing high concentrations of protons, which overwhelm the body’s acid-base buffering system. This happens because their metabolism is normally geard to burn glucose because of the high carb diet and resulting elevated insulin and glucose in the blood. When the cells enter severe starvation due to insulin resistance when no glucose enters the cells, it suddenly switch to burning protein and stored fats in a uncontrolled manner. However, during very low carbohydrate intake, the regulated and controlled production of ketone bodies causes a harmless physiological state known as dietary ketosis. In ketosis, the blood pH remains buffered within normal limits. There is no danger of ketoacidosis as the ketones produced from burning fat is itself used as fuel by the brain for more than half the energy it needs, and the body can produce all the glucose it needs from health natural fats and proteins, called gluconeogenesis, and your body now have full control of blood glucose levels as a result. In fact, the dietary reference handbook for dietitians state very clearly on p275 that the carbohydrate requirement for humans is ZERO and harmless, provided that enough protein and healthy natural fats are consumed. Continue reading >>