What ketones are and why all diabetics should care

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-11-23 15:18:21 -0600
Started 2014-11-22 11:12:04 -0600

I saw this on Facebook and thought it provided a good explanation in simple language about what ketones are. http://www.informationaboutdiabetes.com/lifes....

Back in 1979 I had been treating a bad cold and began to suffer all the symptoms of DKA (Diabetic KetoAcidosis) but hadn't been aware of what ketones were nor how they could become life-threatening. I went to the ER twice and they finally admitted me with a stint in ICU for a few days to stabilize me. I hadn't been taking enough insulin to keep my BG's in a reasonable range, not knowing that I needed to increase my insulin dosage when fighting an infection…a truly "well doh!" moment, now that I know.

6 replies

GabbyPA 2014-11-23 09:12:18 -0600 Report

That is one of the best explanations of this I have read. Thank you, and thanks for the website also. I signed up to get their newsletters.

lilleyheidi 2014-11-23 04:23:48 -0600 Report

Great article, thanks for the info Lou, I have never really understood what Ketones were or how they affected a person, now I know. Thanks for sharing this information. Heidi

RosalieM 2014-11-22 12:40:28 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing that information.
Type1lou. I see that you are type 1, The ketone problem happens most often in type 1 as the article says. However for type 2, the ketone issue should not
scare you away from a low carb diet because of ketones. Type 2s usually have too much insulin circulating in their bodies. Excess insulin is bad for the body too. The only way to reduce the excess insulin is to eat a low carb diet and lose weight. If you are sick be extra careful or have some of the symptoms of, ketone acidoses you need to get help. In all the years I have been type 2 diabetic, ketones have never been a problem for me. Type 1's have to be extra careful of this problem.
The American Diabetes Association uses ketones for the logic behind the diet they recommend that is way to high carbs for most type 2's. It is a balancing act, no doubt, but for most type 2s not so much.

Grandma Rose

Type1Lou 2014-11-23 13:08:32 -0600 Report

I agree with you about the ADA's position on carbs. After reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution" around 2004, my eyes were opened to the role played by carbs in our Blood Sugar. I have followed a low-carb appraoch ever since (although I allow myself more than Dr Bernstein might advise). I have been able to maintain my A1c under 7.0 by allowing myself no more than 120 grams of carb per day. It's not east but the results are well worth the effort.

RosalieM 2014-11-23 15:18:21 -0600 Report

Great, your are doing a great job. I worry about those who just follow the ADA instructions about diet with out question. They are heading for trouble. I tried that for 8 years, couldn't get my blood sugar down and couldn't lose weight. All that changed when I took my diet into my own hands and tested until I figured it out. Now I feel a burden to tell everyone. It is a grandma's job to worry.
Grandma Rose