Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis

If you have been doing any research about living a Keto lifestyle, you undoubtedly have heard, or read, that you need to be careful so that you do not get ketoacidosis. Despite the similarity in name, ketosis and ketoacidosis are not the same.

Ketoacidosis is a complication of type 1 diabetes, and is referred to as diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition as a result of dangerously high levels of ketones and blood sugar. When this happens your blood becomes too acidic, which can alter the normal function of internal organs such as your liver and kidneys. When someone has diabetic ketoacidosis it is critical that they get prompt treatment.

Nutritional Ketosis (or a Keto lifestyle) is the presence of ketones in the body and is not harmful. A Keto lifestyle (high fat, moderate protein, low carb), a low carbohydrate diet or even fasting can all put your body into a state of ketosis. When you are in ketosis, you have a higher than usual amount of ketones in your blood or urine, but not high enough to cause acidosis (as happens with ketoacidosis). When you are on a keto lifestyle ketones are simply a byproduct of your body burning its fat stores (or losing weight).

The majority of people who want to lose weight with a Keto lifestyle do not have to worry about ketoacidosis. Their body will not produce enough ketones to cause ketoacidosis. However, if you are a Type 1 Diabetic, have Cystic Fibrosis-related diabetes, Pancreatectomy, your are a Type 2 Diabetic with little Pancreas function or you are on insulin for your Diabetes, please consult with your physician so they can monitor your progress and adjust your medication accordingly.

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