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[IP] Re: ketosis vs ketoacidosis

> Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 10:47:35 -0500
> From: "jhughey" <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IP] Re:  Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis
>>>> Anyway, if I were to get ketones because I am eating fewer carbs, yet my
> blood sugar is in the normal range,
> is this cause for alarm?  If I remember right, it is only the ketones with
> the high blood sugar (and dehydration) that makes it ketoacidosis, which is
> what I should be concerned about. Has anyone been on a low-carb diet and
> have any suggestions/advice about this?>>>
> Here is a repeat of the explanation of Ketosis & KetoAcidosis:
> Many people do not know the distinction between ketosis and
> ketoacidosis. You CAN be in ketosis for 2 months, but not in
> ketoacidosis.  Ketosis means that your body is burning fat for energy
> because it's not getting enough glucose into the cells, whether from
> lack of insulin or lack of food. At that level, the blood chemistry is
> still relatively normal and the chief symptom is losing weight, with
> excessive thirst and hunger. If it goes on long enough, nausea becomes
> more frequent than hunger. Nearly every Type 1 (or their parents) can
> remember those kinds of symptoms before diagnosis, and sometimes they DO
> last for weeks or months before going into crisis. You also see ketosis
> in starvation, extremely low-carb weight-loss diets, and severe
> alcoholism.
> Ketoacidosis, on the other hand, is when the process has
> gone wild, and the blood chemistry has become distinctly abnormal, with
> a build-up of excess acid products. Symptoms include nausea, heavy
> breathing, dehydration, stupor, coma, and finally, death.
> Ketoacidosis is a life-or-death emergency. In a Type 1 diabetic, ketosis
> is also an emergency, primarily because it will turn into ketoacidosis,
> and is too dangerous to risk. In a non-diabetic, ketosis is not likely
> to turn into ketoacidosis because the insulin supply is there, and as
> soon as the person gets carbs, ketone production stops.
> =
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