Is Being In Ketosis Safe?

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Is Ketosis Safe And Does It Have Side Effects?

Some people think that ketosis is extremely dangerous. However, they might be confusing ketosis with ketoacidosis, which is completely different. While ketoacidosis is a serious condition caused by uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis is a natural metabolic state. In fact, ketosis and ketogenic diets have been studied extensively and shown to have major benefits for weight loss (1, 2). Ketogenic diets have also been shown to have therapeutic effects in epilepsy, type 2 diabetes and several other chronic conditions (3, 4, 5, 6). Ketosis is generally considered to be safe for most people. However, it may lead to a few side effects, especially in the beginning. First, it's necessary to understand what ketosis is. Ketosis is a natural part of metabolism. It happens either when carbohydrate intake is very low (such as on a ketogenic diet), or when you haven't eaten for a long time. Both of these lead to reduced insulin levels, which causes a lot of fat to be released from your fat cells. When this happens, the liver gets flooded with fat, which turns a large part of it into ketones. During ketosis, many parts of your body are burning ketones for energy instead of carbs. This includes a large Continue reading >>

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  1. [deleted]

    Really quick, I wasn't sure what to tag this post as, so I apologize for not having a tag.
    But anyways, just to give a little bit of background, I started Keto on January 1st, and have been sticking strictly to this diet since then. The last time I weighed myself, I've lost a total of 36 pounds, I'm female, and I'm about 5'5.
    I went to the ER this last Saturday morning with what I found out later was a kidney stone. I asked the physician I saw at the ER about changes I should make to my diet, while still maintaining on a low-carb diet.
    Quiet honestly, he was not very helpful. I know I definitely need to stay hydrated, drink more water. But other than that, he really didn't give me any suggestions on if I should change my diet, and if so, how.
    So I'm turning to r/keto because I'm not quite sure where to go from here. Has anyone experienced having a kidney stone while being on keto? Does anyone have any helpful dietary advice about where to go from this point? Because all I've got is drink more water. =]

  2. Jazistico

    I've had one, but it wasn't in relation to my undertaking keto. My GP suggested a potassium citrate supplement, as well the obvious increase in fluids. It's been almost a year since my attack without a recurrence.

  3. RGandhi3k

    The problem is the dose. In the Hopkins epilepsy study they were giving those kids 1.2g twice a day. I'm not even sure that is safe with an uncontrolled diet.

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