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What is ketosis?

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"Ketosis" is a word you'll probably see when you're looking for information on diabetes or weight loss. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? That depends.

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. However, when it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.

From: Ketosis and the Keto Diet WebMD Medical Reference

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Paoli, A. June 2013. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Dashti, H. Fall 2004. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology,

Manninen, A. December 2004. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

Turner, Z. June 2006. Practical Gastroenterology,

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Ketogenic Diet Center," "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

The American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones," "Checking for Ketones."

Wood, E. August 2004. Thyroid,

Scott & White Healthcare. "Metabolic Acidosis."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Paoli, A. June 2013. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Dashti, H. Fall 2004. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology,

Manninen, A. December 2004. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

Turner, Z. June 2006. Practical Gastroenterology,

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Ketogenic Diet Center," "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

The American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones," "Checking for Ketones."

Wood, E. August 2004. Thyroid,

Scott & White Healthcare. "Metabolic Acidosis."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 2, 2019

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