#4 low-carb fear: Ketoacidosis


Does low carb cause ketoacidosis?

No. But many people mix up ketoacidosis with ketosis.

Ketoacidosis is a rare and dangerous medical condition that mostly happen to people with type 1 diabetes if they don’t take insulin.

Ketosis, on the other hand, is a 100% natural and safe state, under full control by the body. It can be caused by a low-carb diet or by a brief period of fasting.

Under normal circumstances, a strict low-carb diet never results in ketoacidosis. It results in ketosis, a natural and safe state that enables the body to quickly burn large amounts of fat.

Learn more about ketosis and ketoacidosis

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  1. deborah
    Which is why it's smart to use the name LCHF rather than "ketogenic" diet. Onward!
  2. jo
    these are irresponsible statements -- plenty of LCHF Ketoacidosis w/o underlying diabetes cases recorded in the medical lit.
    there are still unknowns, and people should be aware and on guard. the diet is not without its risks
  3. Jo
    I'm going to ask my doc for a corticosteroid shot tomorrow to fix my shoulder, but I'm a type 2 diabetic in ketosis, and have been for months. (average 5.2 mmol/l according to my meter, HbA1c 34). I have no idea what the steroids'll do to my bloodsugar, but from what I understand it shouldn't go up much farther than 10. Still... Not sure if my doc'll agree to put it in. Asking for advice is a bit short notice, i realise, but just wondering if anyone had any thoughts? Thanks!

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