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What is the difference between Ketosis and Ketoacidosis?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Oct 10, 2020

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B. Mary

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B. Mary
B. Mary, Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered Nov 08, 2019

Ketosis is something that people can achieve when they usually forego eating for a certain period of time. Some would also eat food that can promote ketosis. This can increase the number of ketones that can be found in the blood.

Ketoacidosis is another condition which people may assume to be related to ketosis, but actually, this is a type of condition that may happen when there are so many ketones that can be found in the blood. Ketoacidosis can be considered a side effect of Type 1 diabetes when a person is unable to get insulin at the required time. Those who have this condition may feel nauseous and dizzy all of a sudden before collapsing.

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G. Deacon

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G. Deacon, Civil Engineer, B.E(Bachelor of Engineering), Trenton, New Jersey

Answered Nov 04, 2019

The main difference between the two is the level of ketones that can be found in the blood. Also, ketosis can be achieved by people who want to lose weight, while ketoacidosis usually affects those with diabetes. Ketosis is known to have both good and bad effects on the body. It will cause the body to metabolize faster, and it will also use fat to burn energy.

There are some side effects of achieving ketosis though such as having bad breath and feeling fatigued. Ketoacidosis is known to be one of the complications that may arise because of having Type 1 Diabetes. This may happen when the person is unable to have enough insulin at the right time. Those who are undergoing ketoacidosis may suddenly lose consciousness because of things that are happening to the body. It is best to know more about ketosis if you want to lose weight.

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