What Is Ketosis In Cattle

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Not to be confused with Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body's energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. Ketosis is a result of metabolizing fat to provide energy. Ketosis is a nutritional process characterised by serum concentrations of ketone bodies over 0.5 mM, with low and stable levels of insulin and blood glucose.[1][2] It is almost always generalized with hyperketonemia, that is, an elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood throughout the body. Ketone bodies are formed by ketogenesis when liver glycogen stores are depleted (or from metabolising medium-chain triglycerides[3]). The main ketone bodies used for energy are acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate,[4] and the levels of ketone bodies are regulated mainly by insulin and glucagon.[5] Most cells in the body can use both glucose and ketone bodies for fuel, and during ketosis, free fatty acids and glucose synthesis (gluconeogenesis) fuel the remainder. Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet (ketogenic diet), and deliberately induced ketosis serves as a medical i Continue reading >>

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  1. emjayt

    I've been eating keto since thanksgiving 2013, so about 7.5 months. I've lost about 45 lbs and feel great. I had my yearly checkup and asked for th NMR type blood cholesterol test. The results are scary:
    Glucose level: 88 NMR total cholesterol: 324 HDL: 54 (up from 42 last year) HDL-P: 28.6 LDL: 253 (up from 158 last year) LDL Size: 21.2 Small LDL-P: 1152 LDL Particle Count: 3256 Triglyceride: 87 (down from 190) Consider Insulin Resist/Metabolic Syndrome: 45
    Could one of you wise people help me Interpret these results?

  2. oryantge

    From what I've read Triglycerides over HDL is the only thing that really matters in predicting heart disease. TG/HDL should be equal or lower than 2. Meaning you shouldn't exceed 2 TG per HDL. Yours is 87/54=1.6 down from 190/42=4.5. This points to your cholesterol actually vastly improving.

  3. emjayt

    Woot! The "big number" is still kinda scary though.

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