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Back to Ketosis

Monday, August 26, 2013

It was about time after I spent the summer eating plenty of fruit and the occasional piece of chocolate or ice cream with sugar.
My blood sugar level responded accordingly. My Ha1c level was up to 6.0 a week ago. I was a bit surprised since my carb levels were still not terribly high, definitely under 100 and many times under 80 grams/day. My body is clearly not made for a lot of carbs.
I did exercise less but not a lot less.
In any case, I am planning to reverse this trend as quickly as possible and am happy to report that I'm back in ketosis as of this morning. My hope is to get my Ha1c under 5.7 in the next 3 months. This should be possible if I can increase my exercise to about 90 minutes a day, incl. strength training 3 times/week and running or swimming 6 times/week.

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    Thanks for the comments. I am going to post a link in my next blog about ketosis and the difference to keto-acidosis, a condition in uncontrolled diabetes where ketones flood the body in very high numbers uncontrolled. Nutritional ketosis produces very small levels of ketones by comparison that are no danger to health, quite the opposite, they allow fueling the body in a very healthy way.
    Ketosis has to do with the body changing from burning glucose as the preferred fuel to burning fat and ketones as the preferred fuel. It is what the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet and other low-carb/high-fat diets are based on.
    This is the perfect diet for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and also for people with cholesterol issues and heart issues It can in most cases eliminate the need for oral diabetes medications and insulin if practiced for life.
    1731 days ago
    I need to tighten up my diet as well this fall. I only have one kid at home now, so cooking just got WAY easier. I mostly just need to focus on preparation. If I have the right things available I'll eat them instead of the not-right things. ;)
    1731 days ago
    Ketosis can become ketoacidosis in diabetics. Have a care.
    1731 days ago
    How do you DO Ketosis?
    Is it a diet that you use?
    I am very interested because my glucose readings have been in the 120's and I need to get them back down.
    Being back in school, bringing a lunch that I prepare helps a lot, but I am interested in how people successfully use ketosis.
    1731 days ago
    Good luck in your new efforts. Glenn
    1731 days ago
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