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In a normal situation the body gets the energy mainly from carbohydrates. When no carbohydrates are present, the body gets the energy from fats. This makes your body produce ketones. Ketones are the waste materials that are released when your body gets the energy from fats. Ketones are created in the liver. The ketones end up in the bloodstream and are used for energy. The ketones that are not used leave the body through the urine. When your body produces ketones you are in ketosis.

Is it dangerous?

Ketones are not dangerous for healthy people. It is often confused with ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis and ketosis are not the same. When you are in ketosis, you are in a state that is 100% natural. With ketoacidosis, the acidity of the blood in your body is too high. This is dangerous. Ketoacidosis can occur in people with type 1 diabetes. Insufficient insulin can cause blood sugar to rise very high. The body searches for a different fuel and starts burning fats. In addition, breakdown substances are released: ketones. When you are in ketoacidosis, the ketones acidify your blood. Symptoms include rapid deep breathing and vomiting. If you have type 1 diabetes, you can get into a coma as a result. Ketoacidosis hardly ever occurs in people with good health. A healthy person is wrong in ketosis when a ketogenic or low carbohydrate diet is followed. People who want to follow this diet and have diabetes must first consult their doctor.

It is possible to measure whether you are in ketosis by testing urine, blood or breath samples. You have the most accurate result with a blood test. Another way to know if your body is producing ketones is to pay attention to the signals your body emits:

  • Little hunger
  • More energy
  • More thirsty
  • Dirty smelling breath
  • Metallic taste in your mouth
  • Other perspiration odor
  • Weight loss

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