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Getting To Know Ketones

People with diabetes, particularly those with Type 1 diabetes, have been at least vaguely aware of the word ketones for a long time. With the recent resurgence of popular interest in low-carbohydrate diets, however, just about everyone seems to be talking about ketones these days. But does anyone really know what ketones are? Are they a danger to your health (as in diabetic ketoacidosis), or a sign that you have lowered your carbohydrate intake enough to cause weight loss (as some people who follow low-carbohydrate diets believe)? What are ketones? Ketones are end-products of fat metabolism in the body. That is, they are formed when fat is burned for energy by the muscles. Chemically, they are acids known as ketone bodies, and there are three types: beta-hydroxybutyric acid, aceto-acetic acid, and acetone. But you don’t have to be a chemist to understand what role they play in the body. To get to know ketones, it’s helpful to understand how your body burns fuel. A simple analogy is that of an automobile. For a car engine to run, the engine must burn fuel (gasoline), and when the fuel is burned, exhaust (carbon monoxide) is created. The carbon monoxide is the end-product of gaso Continue reading >>

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  1. kensid23

    Hello all,
    I've been trying to educate myself and read as much as possible about this diet but I have an obvious concern about the relationship between ketosis and the adverse effects on the kidneys.
    In discussions I've had, I've been told that your kidneys have to work harder when you are doing diets like Atkins, Paleo (Upgraded Bulletproof), which result in problems with filtering waste, high blood pressure, kidney stones and risk of kidney failure. Albeit pretty extreme, I'd like to know if any of you have seen anything that would support either stance?
    Here's one of the articles I've read from Livestrong.com:
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/463341-ketosis-kidney-failure/
    I like when they say at the end of the article, "ketosis is simply an evolution-driven response to the need to survive on stored fat. And that ketones are a more preferred fuel source than carbohydrates"

  2. Rod

    Hi,
    Depending on your lifestyle, it's recommend (Dave) to come in and out of ketosis every 3-5 days. I assume this would be for someone who went on a very long ketosis cycle.
    Edit: After reading the link:
    Ketosis Effects on the Kidneys
    Very high levels of ketones make your blood more acidic and overburden your kidneys. "Medical News Today" reports that one of the side effects of a ketogenic diet is the formation of kidney stones. In processing higher amounts of protein, your kidneys work hard and are forced to excrete more sodium, calcium and potassium, as well as filter more of the byproducts of protein metabolism. This extra fluid and electrolyte loss can cause low blood pressure, another function mediated by your kidneys. Ketosis in the presence of diabetes can lead to ketoacidosis and coma, and can be life threatening.
    [font=Arial, Helvetica]Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/463341-ketosis-kidney-failure/#ixzz2Df9fHaWB [/font]
    [font=Arial, Helvetica] [/font]
    [font=Arial, Helvetica]I'm eating about just a little over the normal amount of protein I would, instead of beef I would have lots of chicken. It seemed to focus more about protein hurting your kidneys and 20% of your calories should be from protein. Doesn't sounds crazy to me....[/font]
    Everything I learned about "biohacking" has been baby steps to "circadian biology", that's where the real biohacking comes in. You can buy a bunch of cool shit to "hack" but if you don't have context, you're not winning. Paleo is just a brand now and too many have opinions, it's on you to read and reread the material to not only find truth but to connect the dots. Much love to everyone who has helped me on my journey for restoring my health, please keep in touch. Feel free to message me with health questions [email protected]

  3. 16bit

    just remember the ketosis and ketoacidosis are two different things.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketoacidosis

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