Ketosis vs Ketoacidosis

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Ketosis vs Ketoacidosis

Sometimes people who are new to the keto diet get confused about these terms.

One of them is great, Ketosis.  The other one is not good, ketoacidosis.

Ketosis is a natural state of the human body. In fact, your body can start into ketosis in as little as 12 hours.

If you don’t eat after dinner, and then don’t eat for at least 12 hours, your body will probably start producing ketones and you will start into ketosis.  Which is great, because all the benefits of having ketones flooding the system


Ketoacidosis is when your body get overwhelmed by ketones, and your blood becomes acidic.


Ketoacidosis is extremely rare from an average person doing the keto diet. It is a condition that is associated with diabetes and insulin problems.

There was one case I read about where a woman gave birth to a child. She then went on a very strict keto diet with 20 grams of carbs  per day. That didn’t work well.  Breast feeding puts a big demand on glycogen in the body. She didn’t have enough glycogen (sugar) with such a low amount of carbs.


Normally, keto diets mention that you should not do heavy keto dieting while breastfeeding.


She apparently didn’t see that warning. Ketosis vs Ketoacidosis became important in her case.

But if you are doing keto for weight loss or to change your blood work for the better, this is not something you need to worry about.

If you have type 1 diabetes, then you might need to be concerned about it. That’s why we always tell people with diabetes and heart conditions to consult with your physicians. Those are two conditions that fast changes in your blood work can affect.

Here is an excerpt from a National Institutes of health article.  “Metabolic acidosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur due to ketoacidosis caused by diabetes mellitus, starvation, alcohol ingestion or lactate acidosis, renal failure or ingestion of  methanol, ethylene glycol or salicylate.”


Don’t worry, be happy.


So if you don’t have type 1 diabetes, and you don’t ingest methanol or ethylene glycol, your chances of getting keto-acidosis are almost nonexistent.  In other words, it’s not something we worry about.

So keto on and don’t waste time worried about things that don’t affect you. Ketosis vs Ketoacidosis is something you need to know to tell your friends you are OK.

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