What Ketosis Does To The Body

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7 Signs You Might Be In Ketosis When Doing The Ketogenic Diet

One of the main goals of starting the ketogenic diet is to get your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. Note: If you don’t know what the ketogenic is all about then check out the Ketogenic Diet: Beginner’s Guide to Keto and Weight Loss. This is when your body starts to produce a lot of ketones to supply energy for your body. Why is this good? Because it means your body has converted from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner. If your body is burning fat for energy then something amazing starts to happen. The fat on your body starts to disappear. But how do you know when you’re in ketosis? Besides using test strips or an instrument there are some signs that your body will give. 7 Signs You Might Be in Ketosis These don’t 100% guarantee that your body is in ketosis but if it is in ketosis then these signs will appear. 1. Weight Loss One of the obvious signs of ketosis is weight loss but this can also be pretty deceptive because many people don’t experience the kind of weight loss that they expect. This can happen for a variety of reasons but when you get close to entering ketosis or do enter ketosis you’ll find that you lose a healthy amount of weight quickly. For exam Continue reading >>

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  1. Hipp

    In response to the thread for hypokalemia. I noticed diabetic ketoacidosis is mentioned as one of the causes of hypokalmia in that thread.
    Ketoacidosis is more associated with hyperkalemia not hypokalemia. In management of ketoacidosis giving insulin cause hypokalemia by shifting potassium inside the cells.

  2. tommyk

    According to all sources that I am familiar with, in Diabetic Ketoacidosis, replenishing K+ is a key factor. I think you are referring to the "falsely elevated potassium" that can initially result with DKA. With the acidosis and dehydration, patients become potassium depleted. The committment acidosis will contribute to "shifting" potassium out of the cell giving you a falsely elevated potassium. The danger is if a patient is severly potassium depleted in the face of an acidosis, with the fluids correcting the acidosis, the insulin is going to shove more potassium into the cells thus acutely lowering the serum potassium level to potentially dangerous levels. If the potassium gets lower than 2.0-2.5 one is prone to provoking lethal arrhythmias.

  3. tommyk

    TOTAL BODY Potassium deficits are high in DKA even with paradoxically high K+ due to acidotic state, which shifts H+ into cells and K+ out of cells into blood. To reiterate, the K+ is PARADOXICALLY high, not truly high. Due to the dehydration, they WILL need potassium during the treatment. This can be a great trick the boards can pull on you to make you pick the wrong answer.
    However, you bring up a great point about the inital paradoxical effect. Still, Diabetic Ketoacidosis DOES cause hypokalemia. Patients with DKA have marked fluid and electrolyte deficits. They commonly have a fluid deficit of nearly 100ml/kg, and need several hundred millimoles of potassium ion (3-5+mmol/kg) and sodium (2-10mmol/kg), as well as being deficient in phosphage (1+ mmol/kg), and magnesium. Replacement of these deficits is made more difficult due to a variety of factors, including the pH derangement that goes with DKA. Mainly in children, an added concern is the uncommon occurrence of cerebral oedema, thought by some to be related to hypotonic fluid replacement.
    Hipp, there are several mechanisms for fluid depletion in DKA. These include osmotic diuresis due to hyperglycemia, the vomiting commonly associated with DKA, and, eventually, inability to take in fluid due to a diminished level of consciousness. Electrolyte depletion is in part related to the osmotic diuresis. Potassium loss is also due to the acidotic state, and the fact that, despite total body potassium depletion, serum potassium levels are often high, predisposing to renal losses. Does this all make sense?
    Thanks for listening,

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