Why Is Ketosis Hard On The Kidneys

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The Keto Diet Is Gaining Popularity, But Is It Safe?

A new twist on extreme weight loss is catching on in some parts of the United States. It’s called the "keto diet." People promoting the diet say it uses the body’s own fat burning system to help people lose significant weight in as little as 10 days. It has also been known to help moderate the symptoms of children with epilepsy, although experts are not quite sure why it works. Proponents say the diet can produce quick weight loss and provide a person with more energy. However, critics say the diet is an unhealthy way to lose weight and in some instances it can be downright dangerous. Read More: What is the “Caveman Diet?” » What Is Ketosis? The “keto” diet is any extremely low- or no-carbohydrate diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis occurs when people eat a low- or no-carb diet and molecules called ketones build up in their bloodstream. Low carbohydrate levels cause blood sugar levels to drop and the body begins breaking down fat to use as energy. Ketosis is actually a mild form of ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis mostly affects people with type 1 diabetes. In fact, it is the leading cause of death of people with diabetes who are under 24 years of age. Continue reading >>

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  1. Pfraser029

    I was diagnosed with Stage 1 chronic kidney disease earlier this year. This is characterized by higher than normal creatinine levels. I’m curious to know if anyone knows the impact of a ketogenic diet on kidneys. Can I expect there to be an impact on my kidneys. I don’t expect there to be an improvement in my creatinine but I’m really hoping there’s no detrimental impact

  2. Brenda

    I’ve never heard of a detrimental impact. Sometimes people equate the ketogenic diet with very high protein, then you would be warned that high protein is “hard on your kidneys”.
    But the ketogenic diet is not high protein.
    It is in fact moderate protein.
    Also, one more thing. Did you only have one blood test come back indicating elevated creatinine levels? There can be confounded by many factors. I screwed mine up once by lifting weights fasted just before a blood test.

    Just wondering it was double checked.

  3. collaroygal

    I second Brenda’s comment about this could be a one off
    Dr. Jason Fung is a dr. whose specialty is kidney disease. If you have some how missed him on the internet and these forums, I suggest you start reading/viewing/listening to his lectures on your health, eating, and fasting. In his practice he found most of the kidney patients also had diabetes, so he went looking for the source of their problems. And has altered his practice accordingly.
    Intensive Dietary Management Blog
    Learn more information about the underlying causes of obesity and diabetes through the Intensive Dietary Management blog.

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