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Is Keto Dieting Safe?

Yes, for most people, the keto diet is safe. Of course, as with any major change in diet or exercise, you should consult with your doctor so that he or she can help you understand whether this diet is safe for YOU. And especially if you are a Type 1 diabetic, I would be concerned about you starting keto without being under close supervision by a doctor because you could go into ketoacidosis which is a dangerous condition. (Ketoacidosis is different than ketosis, which is a safe metabolic condition that your body enters when you cut carbs and raise your fat levels. It’s important not to confuse the two because while ketoacidosis is very dangerous, ketosis is healthy and is actually the goal for most people on the keto diet.) But for most people, the keto diet is a safe way to lose weight, increase energy, improve sleep, help with many autoimmune conditions, and the list goes on and on. The key to getting these benefits, though, is following the basics of keto - which means low carb, moderate protein, and high fat. This is what sets keto apart from many other low carb diets that often promote high protein. On the keto diet, you should start out eating less than 20 net carbs per day Continue reading >>

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  1. hskrmom

    Nathan's home tonight with a 102 temperature, a raging sinus infection, and is averaging between 400 and 500. Ugh! I am trying to stay on top of this poor kid's highs because I know it just makes him feel worse.
    I had him check ketones, and it was negative. I was very surprised. I then thought to check the bottle. Says it expired June, 2006. I must have given my new bottle of Ketostix to the school nurse by mistake. Do you really think they expire?

  2. Extraordinary Machine

    Absolutely. I think that a year expired probably means they're not good.
    Sorry. :( Hope you find some soon.

  3. hskrmom

    Well, allrighty then. I guess off to Walgreens I go (again). Thank you for the quick reply!

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How Would Switching From A High Carb Diet To A Cyclic Ketogenic Affect One's Performance In Strongman And Powerlifting Competitions?

You will have upto couple of weeks of what they call as “keto flu”, meaning you will feel low energy as your body adapts to burning fat instead of glucose. Some common symptoms are fatigue, headache, mental fog. But not everyone feels these symptoms. It is quite possible you will sail along just fine. Besides, these symptoms could be remedied by drinking plenty of water, consuming more electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium) as you lose them during the initial stages of ketosis through urination, eating more fat, eating less protein. Continue reading >>

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    This serious complication, the result of acid buildup in the blood, can lead to coma or even death.
    If you have type 1 diabetes, one of the serious complications you may face is a condition known as ketoacidosis. In diabetic ketoacidosis, acids called ketones build up in your blood and could eventually lead to diabetic coma or death.
    But by vigilantly controlling your diabetes and watching for early signs of ketoacidosis, you can help prevent it from happening to you.
    What Is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?
    "When blood sugars get elevated and there is not enough insulin, your fat cells start to break down their storage sites of energy, which are called ketones," says Jay Cohen, MD, medical director of the Endocrine Clinic and clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Tennessee. Ketones are acidic, and that acid builds up in your blood.
    Diabetic ketoacidosis is found more often in younger people than older people, and more often in women than in men. At least 20 percent of people learn they have diabetes after seeking medical care for complaints that turn out to be symptoms of ketoacidosis.
    Common Causes of Diabetic Ketoacidosis
    The three common causes of ketoacidosis are:
    Not enough insulin. This can happen if you don’t inject enough insulin or if your insulin needs increase in response to an illness such as a cold or the flu. Blood glucose can’t be used for energy without enough insulin to help in the process, so the body breaks down fat for energy and high ketone levels result.
    "Elevated blood sugars could be due to an infection or any other physical or emotional stress — good or bad," says Dr. Cohen. Unexpected increases in your blood glucose levels can increase your insulin needs. "You may have a certain amount of insulin that you usually use, but if you have an infection, you may need more insulin to help your body to improve blood sugars," Cohen explains.
    Not enough food intake. If you don’t eat enough, your body has to break down fat for energy, producing high ketone levels. This is particularly common in people who are sick and don't feel like eating.
    Low blood glucose levels. This situation can force your body to break down fat to use as energy, resulting in ketone production.
    Diabetic Ketoacidosis Symptoms
    Symptoms of ketoacidosis usually progress relatively slowly. But since diabetic ketoacidosis can be a life-threatening condition, it is important to seek medical help immediately if you experience any of its symptoms. These include:
    Excessive thirst
    Dry mouth
    Frequent urination
    Elevated blood glucose levels
    Elevated ketones in the urine
    Persistent fatigue
    Skin that is dry or flushed
    Nausea or vomiting
    Pain in your abdomen
    Shortness of breath
    A fruity smell to your breath (the result of elevated ketone levels)
    Inability to concentrate
    Confused state
    Preventing Diabetic Ketoacidosis
    Ask your endocrinologist how you can reduce your risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis. It is often a good idea to use a home dipstick test to check for ketones in your urine when your blood glucose levels are high (over 240 milligrams per deciliter) and when you have an infection.
    Diabetes education also helps. One study found that hospital stays for ketoacidosis were reduced among a group of people who attended diabetes education classes.
    Managing Diabetic Ketoacidosis
    If think you may have ketoacidosis, it is essential to contact your doctor or get to the emergency room immediately.
    "If we can catch it early, with medicine and IV fluids, we can stop the diabetic ketoacidosis from progressing to severe dehydration," says Cohen. "Diabetic ketoacidosis, if severe and not treated aggressively, has about a 5 percent death rate, so you really want to get a handle on it rapidly."
    Remember that regularly monitoring your blood glucose levels, performing urine ketone tests as recommended, and recognizing symptoms that might indicate your ketone levels are high is the best approach to reducing your risk of diabetic ketoacidosis.
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  2. Gem93

    I recently had a friend that got DKA she only had ketones for a day and was bring violently sick she couldn't test for ketones as her strips were left at her uni campus and went home to visit her family for the weekend her mum was just about to leave to go get the strips when she said I don't feel well take me to hospital betime she got to hospital ( which is a 10 min drive from where she lives) her vains had short down and the only vain left was the one to her heart they had to cut her throat open to put in an insulin drip immediately and was put in intensive care her family was told she might not make it and that was from having ketone symptoms for just a few hours / day at the most .. This has woken me up to life alot Snd made me realise what can happen if you don't look after yourself

  3. dietcherry

    OMG Can you get her to join here so we may talk to her?

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What Is The Fastest Way To Get Into Ketosis, And If Once There How Will I Know Without Testing?

I am going to have to disagree with some of the other people who answered this question. The fastest and best way to get into ketosis is to dramatically decrease your carbohydrate consumption to 20 net grams (total carbs minus carbs from fiber) or fewer per day. At the same time, keep your protein moderate (50–75 g if you’re female, and 100–125 if you’re a guy), and fat at a 1:2 or even higher ratio to protein. Doing this alone will usually put your body into a state of ketosis in just a few days. You DO NOT need to buy any products, especially exogenous ketones. You want your body to make its own ketones, and buying them will only keep you from experiencing the benefits of ketosis that your body will naturally reach on its own. MCT oil is fine; I use it myself in my morning coffee for the energy benefits, but it’s not totally necessary. Also, you should not try to fast until you are fully fat adapted, which is different than being in ketosis, and can take weeks. Fasting should come naturally. Once you are fat adapted, you will find that you can go longer between meals because you just aren’t hungry. But even fasting is not absolutely necessary on the ketogenic diet. Wh Continue reading >>

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  1. jimbob72

    Hi I was wondering if anyone gets a weird smell like urine, that only they can smell. Its driving me mental and keep thinking its coming off me when I know it isnt.
    Type 2 diagnosed 5th october 2011 diet controlled

  2. noblehead

    How strange, is it there all the time :?

  3. jimbob72

    No. i think its when my levels are high :?

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