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What is ketosis andwhat are the main symptoms?

Ketosis is a medical term related to the metabolism, which refersto the increased levels of ketone bodies in the blood. Ketones are used asenergy by our body, and they are created when the stores of glycogen in theliver have been emptied, because then the body begins to burn fats instead of glucose, whichmeans that it is the way in which body reacts to a crisis. This is why ketosismay be a very serious condition once the level of ketones in the blood is toohigh. When it comes to symptoms, they may last for a few days, or even a weeksometimes, but the fact is that they will disappear once the body gets used tothis new process, or once the process stops. The most common signs are tiredness,weakness, headache, constant feeling of thirst, metallic taste in the mouth andbad breath, nausea, dizziness and problems with sleeping.

Causes of ketosis

In the greatest majortity of the cases, ketosis is a resultof inadequate diet, or more precisely, it is a result of low-carb diet. Very frequently,people who want to lose some weight experience the symptoms of ketosis, becauseif they introduce a low-carb diet, sooner or later their body will begin toburn fats in order to create energy. It rarely takes more than 48 hours forthis process to begin, and the final result will be the loss of weight. This conditionmay be diagnosed through the urine test, but it is important to stress out thatthis is not a recommended way of losing excessive weight, because it can bedangerous for one's health. If the body burns fats for a longer period of time, it may lead to theincreased toxicity, which may further result in the damage of organs such asliver and kidneys, because the ketones contain acetone or acetoacetate. Besideswith a low-carb diet, this condition also occurs with thype 1 diabetes,alcoholism, and with diet which is high in fat or proteins.

Even though ketosis may be used for the loss of weight or insome other purposes, of course, provided it is under the suprvision of the profesional,the fact is that it may cause serious consequences, some of which may even bepermanent. It also increases the risk of developing osteoporosis, and kidneystones, as well as levels of cholesterole and blood pressure. Still, eventhough it seems that ketosis may be beneficial in some cases, and that the bodywill adapt to the new process after approximately 3 weeks, scientists cannotagree on whether it is good for people or not.

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