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Ketosis vs Ketoacidosis: VERY DIFFERENT! | Dr.Berg

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You don’t have to be afraid of ketosis. Learn more about ketosis vs. ketoacidosis.

0:00 Ketosis vs. ketoacidosis
0:20 What is ketoacidosis?
1:05 Ketosis

In this short video, we’re going to talk about the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis. They are not the same thing.

Ketoacidosis is a very dangerous disease that happens when you have type 1 diabetes and are not making any insulin. The blood sugars go very high because you have no insulin to bring them down. Because ketones are acidic, the pH becomes a problem. The number of ketones you might have if you’re experiencing ketoacidosis would be about 20.

When you’re in ketosis, the number of ketones you might have would be between 1 and 8. With ketosis, you’re not getting a massive amount of ketones in the blood.

Ketosis is controlled through diet, and you don’t have very many symptoms (maybe slight adaptation symptoms that will resolve). With ketosis, there are low amounts of insulin (but it’s still there, the cells are getting nutrition, and the blood sugars are supported.

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    1. Susanna Göransson

      A 32 year old woman in Sweden actually got ketoacidosis on the Keto diet without being diabetic. She was breast feeding tho, and was losing a lot of energy while doing so. However, there’s still a small chance it might happen.

    2. Dan Haiduc

      Yes you can. If you don’t monitor your ketones, carbs, and blood sugar, you can get serious adverse effects. Check out “Ketogenic diets for weight loss: A review of their principles, safety and efficacy”

  1. Louise

    DKA is my worst nightmare amplified a billion times, I have had it on a few occasions and I felt like death warmed up. The body aches from head to toe, eyes hurt due to sensitivity to any light, ability to communicate with others and think straight is poor, like you said in your video Dr Berg breathing is difficult and I used too gasp for air. Fat just falls off me and I could not stop throwing up.

    DKA is the killer clown of the diabetes world.
    If left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis can also lead to coma and eventually death.

    Glad to say that after 4 years of being on a Medtronic insulin pump, I have never once had DKA, and now I am healthy.

  2. coolingwinds

    Thank you so much for simplifying these processes! I just sat across from my colleague who described Keto diet as dangerous because of ketoacidosis. I clarified ketosis but I could tell that she didn’t understand what the discrepancy was. We are nurses! Anyway, thank you again.

  3. Super Nova

    Another great and to the point video. Dr Berg can you do a video addressing carb-ups. The pros/cons. Carb-ups have become popukar in nany keto based channels and the infomation is all over the board. As always, Thank You!!

  4. Kelly Carter

    This was fairly helpful, however I have a question that all my research hasn’t quite answered. I am a type 2 diabetic, but doctors say its severe, closer to type 1. I started keto diet 5 weeks ago. It has been life changing, almost no insulin needed, lost 13 lbs, feel great! This past week however I have experienced some high sugar levels from a nice 5.5-6.9 to spikes closer to 10-13 even when no carbs have been consumed. I can’t figure what might be causing this. It is not happening due to an exercise spike, this is happening mid day after lunch by a couple of hours when I’m in a sitting state at work. I take some insulin to bring it back down but am still disappointed that it happens as it wasn’t an issue over the past few weeks. Any suggestions? Btw you’re awesome!!! Thanks so much for all the helpful information, it has transformed my life almost overnight 😊🌸💕

  5. Holisticliving Radhika

    Would have been more useful if you had included info about how people can identify if they are in keto acidosis like symptoms and prevention like should type 1s not do Keto or do it in a modified manner? Is this possible for type 2?

  6. WalnutPeanut

    I hope you can help me Doctor. Everytime I try zero carb/ketogenic diets I end up getting ketoacidosis. Is it because I’m already thin? Is it because of my family history? I’ve just accepted the fact that I can’t do this diet.

  7. Lewaa AlDanaf

    I watched your healthy vedio about ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis , it is amazing knowledge to all people who pain or not pain . To burn fat more we should eat ketosis and following yours step by step to improve that is real facts usefull. Thanks sir for your alert.☺

  8. Omda Omda

    Thanks for this explanation and for all your videos , I follow all of them , I am on a ketogenic dite since one month. I find it a revolution in the positive way to improve health. The problem is how to measure my protine portion per day . ex: 100g of meat have 20g of protine , must i eat 500g meat to get my 100g protiene ??? thanks again

    1. eileenfb1948

      +Omda Omda You only need about 40g of protein a day, Perhaps 90g fat per day and 20g carbs per day. You need to find what works for you. Some people consume much more carbs than that.

  9. Jury C

    Thanks, i got worries. Im doing the OMAD fasting with keto diet and its day 8 today, ive lost about 9lbs so far. Measured my keytone via strips and came out around 150 to 160 mg/dl or an 8.0mmol/l i was worried it was too high, this was 2 hrs after eating as well. So i thought my levels would be lower but they went up 2 hrs after eating. Only difference is i havr really started to tack on the coconut oil and avocado with my once a day meal and 2 cups of bulletproof oil,butter coffee. Do keytone levels continue to rise while on the diet or does it level out at some point??

  10. Impact Player

    Dr. Berg, I have been trying to get on a keto diet recently but my family says its dangerous because it’s for people who are athletes or who work out all the time. I do about 45 minutes of cardio twice a week but im relatively sedentary. I weigh 250 lbs and im looking to lose the fat. Is a keto diet ok for me?

    1. Tmanaz480

      In fact, the keto diet is one of the only options for people who can’t work out. It was the standard treatment for diabetes before we developed insulin. And it was the standard diet for weight loss before the late 50s low fat fad took over,

  11. DStray Cat

    I had an hour long meeting with my Pharmacist yesterday. When I told her that I was on a Ketogenic Diet and IF, she instantly told me that I could get Ketoacidosis… Sheesh! It’s funny, how I watch your videos, but do not remember them. I came back again to view this again, just to burn it into my brain… I used to take a lot of medications, when I was Diabetic, including Insulin. Her mouth dropped when I told her that I had not taken Insulin in more than 6 months… I’ve lost 20 pounds, from 185 to 163… She noticed that… lol Well, I can’t write out a transcript of a hour discussion… I just want to be mindful of Ketoacidosis, in our next meeting… 🙂 Thanks

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