Why isnt Ketoacidosis a problem for LC and VLC Paleo-eaters?
my daughter was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), so through misfortune I have become intimately aware of the biochemistry of ketosis and ketoacidosis. everywhere i read paleos and meat-eaters say that ketosis is good for the body, even on a prolonged basis. well, i asked my daughter's pediatrician about this, and he said that wasn't true.
my daughter's doctor said that the only difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis is that, without any insulin, T1DMs have a much more rapid increase in the blood ketones (high blood ketones = ketoacidosis) than someone who induces ketosis through dietary means. in other words, the risks for kidney and liver damage, not to mention muscle wasting, are similar between low carbers and T1DMs, with the exception that the risk of short-term injury is much greater to T1DMs, simply because they lack the biochemical ability to metabolize ANY carbs b/c of the lack of insulin.
a long term high protein/low carb eater is at the same risk for long range kidney/liver damage, except that damage takes place on a much smaller scale over a much longer time frame.
so, having mentioned all of this, why do some folks here and elsewhere promote ketosis as a healthy condition? why do some folks here and elsewhere promote eating obscene amounts of protein, despite the known health risks? as someone who deals with my daughter's genetic health condition, i want to know why this dangerous lifestyle is promoted here and elsewhere? thank you for considering.
asked bykathy_7 (35)
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