A ketogenic diet for beginners By Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, medical review by Dr. Get started with our visual guides, recipes, meal plans, and simple 2-week Get Started program. What is a keto diet? The keto diet is a very low-carb, higher-fat diet. While you eat far fewer carbohydrates on a keto diet, you maintain moderate protein consumption and may increase your intake of fat. The reduction in carb intake puts your body in a metabolic state called ketosis, where fat, from your diet and from your body, is burned for energy. Watch the entire 8-part video course. When you eat very few carbs or very few calories, your liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain.
Non-diabetic ketoacidosis is a rare condition which can be caused by starvation. Lack of glucose can force the body into ketogenesis causing a metabolic acidosis. As previously reported in the literature, ketoacidosis might, on rare occasions, be caused by a diet with low carbohydrate content. However, to the best of our knowledge this is the first reported case in the literature of ketoacidosis, in a non-diabetic patient, associated with a combination of low carbohydrate, high fat diet and lactation. A healthy non-diabetic, year old white woman started a low carbohydrate, high fat diet when she was breastfeeding her son of 10 months of age. After 10 days she was admitted to our hospital with nausea and vomiting and a serum pH of 7. Clinical signs and blood samples were compatible with ketoacidosis. She was given fluids intravenously and insulin. No anamnestic or clinical signs of diabetes were found. She recovered quickly and was discharged 3 days later.
Health services should be aware of the risks associated with ketogenic diets, and be able to recognize this serious condition when it is presented. Often, just restricting carbs to very low levels results in ketosis. How many carbs? Would love to hear more about ketosis as a way to fight cancer. This makes it possible to test for ketosis using urine strips. One study of MCT oil for mild cognitive impairment is sometimes mentioned, but it did not show any clear effect. Note that only the left plate is reliably ketogenic: Ketogenic