What’s the Difference? Ketoacidosis vs. Ketosis

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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.

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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  1. Hi my friend had a baby last year and had gestational diabetes. She great now but is scared of being “too into ketosis”. I think she is just confusing it with keto acidosis but I have no clue about diabetics and this diet and would not want to tell her it’s fine. Can you advise on this or resources? Thanks

    • Hi Fallon! This would be a good resource to explain the difference, but I’m not a specialist in gestational diabetes, so I can’t give specific advice. I’d suggest directing her to talk to a physician about it!

  2. Do you have a resource as to what it does to the kidneys specifically? I’ve avoided keto because I’ve wondered how it could affect my kidneys (I have stage 4 kidney failure) but am struggling to find the exact science of what is happening that is hard for them. I’m thankful you mentioned it in your 3 types of people to be careful bc I haven’t started just from my gut intuition. Thanks!

  3. Hey Leanne, Really enjoying your blog and podcasts! I was looking for a list of the supplements you recommend and couldn’t find it. You talk about them on your PC and I’d love to start taking a great one(s). I’m low in vit D and need a boost!


    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying everything! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered ;) I share all of the supplements I take and recommend in this video.

  4. Do you know if this type of eating has been shown to kill cancer cells???