Lately, we have been hearing a lot of talk about "ketosis" with people doing the ketogenic diet. But, aren't ketones a bad thing?
Many of us know that when we were diagnosed with diabetes, our bodies went into "DKA". But what exactly are ketones? And what exactly does DKA mean?
Ketones vs DKA
Ketones are the chemicals produced in the liver when the body does not have enough sugar to be turned into energy. The ketones are then used for energy, and help you loose weight quickly. Having ketones in your blood puts you in a state of "ketosis", but can quickly become dangerous for a diabetic.
DKA stands for Diabetic Ketoacidosis. It is a serious complication of diabetes where your body is producing ridiculous amounts of a blood acid, called "ketones".
This happens when your body is not producing enough insulin, or you're not injecting enough insulin. Without the insulin, your body is breaking down your fats to make energy, in turn producing acids in your blood, which lead to DKA.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may have high levels of ketones:
Should I go to the doctor?
Reasons for Ketones
5) certain medications (see back leaflet of your drugs for more information)
The good news is that you can prevent yourself from falling into DKA by following these suggestions:
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