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Keto Diet help..

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by mhr, Dec 12, 2019.

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  1. mhr

    mhr Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi. I'm 47 year old, T2 and on 2 Metformin daily and I'm thinking of going on a low carb Keto diet. Has anyone been on this diet and how long?
    I'm just worried about Ketoacidosis build up


    I appreciate your help
     
  2. ZedZeeZet

    ZedZeeZet Type 2 · Active Member

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    Ketoacidosis shouldn't be confused with ketosis, which is harmless, which I think you are.
    My low carb diet has taken me from a Hba1C of 102 to 38 in 5 months. Thank you Dr Diabetes.co.uk!
     
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  3. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Welcome to the forum mhr!
    Many type 2s here eat low carb or keto diets with no ill effects, I’ve eaten 30 - 50g carbs per day for over two years. Being in nutritional ketosis is very different from diabetic ketoacidosis or DKA. Here’s more about it:
    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/in-depth/nutritional-ketosis-vs-dka/
    Also as this is your first post on the forum I’ll post the link to our useful info:
    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/basic-information-for-newly-diagnosed-diabetics.17088/
     
  4. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Excellent idea.
    Even better if you have a few pounds to lose.. do it ASAP.
     
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    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I'm in ketosis. Perfectly fine, completely different thing from ketoacidosis. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is more of a T1 issue, when bloodsugars are really high, and ketones are too, and a person's blood turns acidic... T2's don't usually get it. I can wholeheartedly endorse a low carb diet, and even a keto diet, if you want to give it a go to control your bloodsugars. My HbA1c is usually between 33 and 35, no metformin or anything required. So yay for a low carb diet. :)
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    I've been eating a low carb/ketogenic diet for just over six years, and have never had dangerously high ketone levels.

    As already suggested, don't confuse the perfectly safe and normal state of nutritional ketosis with ketoacidosis which is caused by very high glucose levels + very high ketone levels + very low levels of insulin.


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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Ketoacidosis isn't a substance which builds up, it is a state of having high glucose levels in the blood - usually - and high levels of ketones as the body is struggling to survive. It normally happens when a type one diabetic is low on insulin and is in a dire state.
     
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  8. mhr

    mhr Type 2 · Newbie

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    I read on webMD quotes:
    "If you have uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis can become dangerous when ketones build up. High levels 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 get ketoacidosis, too. It's caused by alcoholism, starvation, or an overactive thyroid. A healthy low-carb diet shouldn't cause a problem"
     
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    mhr Type 2 · Newbie

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    Thank you all for your help. Being a newbie Keto Diet, I appreciate it
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The majority of type 2 produce an excess of insulin already and newly diagnosed aren’t often taking exogenous insulin. These comments are aimed more at type 1 than type 2 and also refer to high glucose simultaneously which they describe as “uncontrolled”
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Been in it for 18 months. Hba1c 112 to 36 in 3 months. Feel amazing. I had no weight to lose but manage to roughly maintain my weight. I’d definitely recommend trying it but do read up as much as you can.
     
  12. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Eating a low carb diet is a powerful tool to control diabetes, restoring normality and well being.
     
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