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What are ketones?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Alternate fuel

Prolonged fasting, or with Insulin deficiency, the body runs out of glucose or it can't use what's there if Insulin levels are too low.
The body makes ketones as an alternate source of fuel for brain and heart when that happens. Prolonged ketosis isn't healthy; the rest of the body is starved and ?risk for ketoacidosis which causes acid buildup in the body. One can get quite sick from ketoacidosis.

In brief: Alternate fuel

Prolonged fasting, or with Insulin deficiency, the body runs out of glucose or it can't use what's there if Insulin levels are too low.
The body makes ketones as an alternate source of fuel for brain and heart when that happens. Prolonged ketosis isn't healthy; the rest of the body is starved and ?risk for ketoacidosis which causes acid buildup in the body. One can get quite sick from ketoacidosis.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Byproduct of fat

Body uses glucose to make energy - in diabetic when they eat acidic foods - for energy need body switchs to burning fats instead of energy and the end product from fats is ketones - in critical care they have started measuring Lactic Acid as the early signsfor sepsis which is what keto acidosis is high Lactic Acid levels as by product of this problem - coma in diabetic -so keep body ph6.
8-7.4.

In brief: Byproduct of fat

Body uses glucose to make energy - in diabetic when they eat acidic foods - for energy need body switchs to burning fats instead of energy and the end product from fats is ketones - in critical care they have started measuring Lactic Acid as the early signsfor sepsis which is what keto acidosis is high Lactic Acid levels as by product of this problem - coma in diabetic -so keep body ph6.
8-7.4.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Alternate fuel

Ketones develop when the body is unable to use glucose as a source of fuel.
Ketones are the result of fat breakdown and can become dangerous when patients with diabetes get them as a metabolic crisis called, diabetic ketoacidosis (dka), may occur. Dka may also occur in people without diabetes if they go on high protein diets and become dehydrated.

In brief: Alternate fuel

Ketones develop when the body is unable to use glucose as a source of fuel.
Ketones are the result of fat breakdown and can become dangerous when patients with diabetes get them as a metabolic crisis called, diabetic ketoacidosis (dka), may occur. Dka may also occur in people without diabetes if they go on high protein diets and become dehydrated.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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