What’s the Difference? Ketoacidosis vs. Ketosis

By August 5, 2018

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The difference between diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and nutritional ketosis. They couldn’t be more different!

Ever come across these two terms while searching for healthy living tips: ketoacidosis and ketosis? If you’ve ever looked into the keto lifestyle, odds are you have come across both of these terms at some point. You may have also come across people who warned you about the dangers of ketosis.

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Sadly, there’s a massive misconception that nutritional ketosis brought on by eating low-carb, high-fat is the same thing as ketoacidosis…

They’re NOT the same thing.

Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition where ketone bodies and blood sugar levels are EXTREMELY HIGH at the same time.

Being in a state of nutritional ketosis brought on by a low-carb, high-fat diet allows you to burn fat for fuel instead of glucose/carbohydrates. In this state, our ketone bodies are elevated (about 3 mmol/l compared to the 30 mmol/l in ketoacidosis) and our blood sugar is LOW.

Here’s the official rundown of the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis.

If you’re unsure about what ketosis or the ketogenic diet is all about, I highly recommend watching this video where I go in depth regarding what is involved in a keto lifestyle. My experience has been phenomenal! Here are some things that this keto lifestyle can help you with:

  • Reduced blood sugar
  • Increased HDL cholesterol
  • Weight loss
  • Normal cycle for women
  • Overcoming hypothyroidism
  • Overcoming bulimia
  • Balanced moods
  • Boosted energy
  • Reduced cravings
  • And more!

If any of these are things you’re dealing with, you are not alone! I’ve dealt with these issues personally, and can say that keto has changed my life for the better! I also believe it can help you.

Are there any other terms out there related to keto that you’re unsure about? Ask me in the comments!

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