What are Ketones?
Ketones are produced by your body by burning fat as a source of energy for your muscles and brain, when your body cannot produce enough insulin (whether because of diabetes or the Keto diet).
Are Ketones Good or Bad?
Ketones in your blood stream indicate that your body is low on insulin; and can be a sign of diabetes, where your body is unable to produce enough insulin to convert sugar from the carbohydrates (glucose) into energy.
A high level of ketones in your bloodstream can lead to a Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is serious in those with type 1 diabetes and occurs when blood sugar levels are very high, without insulin to absorb the glucose into your cells. This isn’t usually an issue on self-induced ketosis states, as your body is still producing insulin, but is more of an issue for those who are diabetics.
Some of the symptoms associated with Diabetic Ketoacidosis include:
- Extreme thirst
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Confusion or brain fog
If untreated, DKO can lead to death.
Ketones are produced by your body to provide energy when your body cannot produce insulin to convert glucose into energy used by the cells. Nutritional ketones, such as those when inducing ketosis, are not harmful as such. In fact, because your body is starved off carbohydrates, your liver begins to produce ketones to fuel your body, without dramatically impacting your insulin, and this has health benefits including weight loss and mental energy.
If you have high ketone levels, you should ideally drink plenty of water every hour to help flush out the ketones. If you’re diabetic, then you need to administer insulin as per your assigned plan or speak with your medical professional for advice on how to balance your insulin levels.
A helpful source in the creation of this article: https://beyondtype1.org/ketones/