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[IP] Re: Ketones vs. Ketoacidosis

I can only speak from my personal experience.  I'm type 1 and have eaten 
low-carb for over three years now.  I often show light to moderate ketones 
(with normal blood sugars), and have seen no ill effects as a result.  In 
fact, one of my main reasons for choosing a low-carb diet is because it is 
so effective in keeping my sugars in the normal range!  (the other reason 
is weight loss).

Dr. Bernstein is a physician with type 1 diabetes who recommends (and who 
has followed) a very low-carb diet for many years.  His diet calls for 
about 30 grams of carb a day, which is definitely low enough to put most 
people (myself included) into ketosis.  Although I wish his book would have 
addressed this issue more than it did, it does not seem to have caused a 
problem for him or his patients.

Of course, I'm not a doctor and I'm not giving any medical advice to 
anyone!  Ketones will always be a complicated issue for anyone with type 
1.  IMO, if someone with type 1 is showing ketones in their urine and there 
is ANY doubt as to whether it's something other than diet-induced ketosis, 
they should deal with the situation immediately.

Just my thoughts on the subject....FWIW


>I know that this has been asked before, and I did a search on the IP site
>and came back with nothing....so hopefully someone can answer me here, but
>forgive me for not remembering the first time!  Anyway, I am starting to eat
>fewer carbs to find out if this will gain me a little extra control (plus, I
>think I just eat too many to begin with!).  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
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