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What does acetone do in your body?

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When your body doesn't make enough insulin or you're eating very few carbs, your body burns fat instead of sugar for energy.

As your liver breaks down stored fat, it makes chemicals called ketones. Acetone is the main ketone.

From: What Is Acetone? WebMD Medical Reference

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Chemical Safety Facts: "Acetone (Propanone)."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetic ketoacidosis."

NIH: "Acetone."

Talaska, F. . A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests

Diabetes Forecast: “What You Need to Know About the Ketogenic Diet.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Chemical Safety Facts: "Acetone (Propanone)."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetic ketoacidosis."

NIH: "Acetone."

Talaska, F. . A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests

Diabetes Forecast: “What You Need to Know About the Ketogenic Diet.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 16, 2019

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