What happens in Keto Diet?
The keto diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet, which is much similar to the Atkins and paleo diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called Ketosis.
Ketosis is a normal process that happens when your body doesn’t have enough carbs to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and makes substances called ketones, which it can use for fuel.
Effect Of Keto Diet in Diabetes
If you have uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis can become dangerous due to the excess ketones. High levels of ketones lead to dehydration and change the chemical balance of your blood. It becomes acidic and can cause a coma or death.
People with diabetes can get ketoacidosis, or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) when they don’t take enough insulin. They can also get DKA when they’re sick or injured or they don’t get enough fluids and become dehydrated. Some people without diabetes can also develop ketoacidosis. It is caused by alcoholism, starvation, or an overactive thyroid.
Symptoms of Ketoacidosis are – increased thirst or a dry mouth, frequent urination, fatigue. dry or flushed skin, breathing trouble, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, mental confusion, fruity smelled urine, bath breathe, stomach ache, muscle soreness and cramps.
Effect on Liver
With so much fat to metabolize, the diet could make any existing liver conditions worse. The keto diet is low in fibrous foods like grains and legumes and it may cause constipation and maybe not good for your gut health.
Effect on kidneys
The kidneys help to metabolize protein, and the keto diet may create extra pressure on kidneys. Higher amounts of protein consumption may overburden your kidneys and cause your kidneys to work hard and are forced to excrete more sodium, calcium and potassium. The extra fluid and electrolyte loss can cause low blood pressure, another function mediated by your kidneys.
The keto diet can be used for short-term fat loss as long as the patient is under proper medical supervision. But it’s not a permanent weight loss or maintenance solution, as it is not a well-balanced diet.
The keto diet is a very successful way for rapid weight loss as long as it is done safely. But it should be avoided by diabetics and those who are having high blood pressure.
It doesn’t matter whatever the trend is going on to lose weight, but the ultimate winner is a healthy proper well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, lean meat, dairy and complex carbs, in combination with regular exercise. It is the most healthy way to lose weight and to stay fit.
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