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The difference between Ketosis and keto acidosis

Posted by Charles Lubbe on

Diabetic ketoacidosis is not caused by simple elevation in ketones. It is a whole cascade of events that starts with either lack of insulin or severe insulin resistance and continued high carb consumption. Blood glucose over 13 (240mm/dl), and no insulin or severe insulin resistance (body doesn't listen to insulin) is what starts ketoacidosis. Think of it as an endocrine system storm. Ketoacidosis is a part of this whole storm, but is not the problem itself. What happens: Elevated blood glucose (to the point where it is spilling into the urine, damaging the body tissues). Body goes into damage control:...

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What is ketosis?

Posted by Charles Lubbe on

Ketosis is the name for a state achieved in a low-carbohydrate diet. When you are in ketosis, it means your body is burning fat for energy. When you eat a low-carbohydrate diet, you minimize the amount of blood glucose present after you eat. In the absence of blood glucose, the body does not release insulin to return to normal blood sugar levels. With no insulin (which is a fat storage hormone) present, your body burns stored fat as its primary fuel. When that happens, your body releases ketones into your bloodstream, and you are in ketosis. This state may cause...

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