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Old 05-27-2013, 16:44   #1
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I keep reading about ketosis in this forum. I've been doing LCHF for about 2-1/2 months now, and don't know whether I'm in ketosis or not. Is there a way to tell? I have blood work again in a few weeks and am wondering if it would show up in that blood work if I am in ketosis?

The nurse practitioner that I see is strictly old-school when it comes to diabetes. Do you think she would freak out if I'm in ketosis? Do medical professionals think it is a bad thing?

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Go to a drugstore and buy a can of ketosticks to test. Mine were about $9 at CVS if memory serves me right. Use to test urine.

As far as I know, docs don't mind. At least none of mine appear to care if they know. No reason to tell anyone that I can think of.




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Thanks Pat. I'll get some ketosticks. The nurse practitioner that I see advocates the traditional ADA diet, which is why I am concerned about how she would feel if I'm in ketosis. She would know that I'm not eating the ADA diet if I were, wouldn't she? But then again, my BS numbers have been normal, for the most part. So I'm hoping my a1c has gone down, and that that would make her happy.

It's not necessarily that I'm scared of her (lol), it's just that I don't want to get lectured and have her think (know) that I'm being non-compliant.

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Just don't tell her, Anna . . . there are a lot of us who just smile and nod to avoid those lectures, all the while we're eating LCHF. All they can see are the results, and they can't argue with those!




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Anna, how old are you? I'm 73 and it's no one's business how I'm controlling my blood sugar if they are critical. They are sure not my boss. I view them as 'helpers' only.

And, of course she espouses the ADA diet. It's too bad they can't recognize the harm they do, but they don't want to lose their jobs!

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My former internist was PANICKED over ketosis v ketoacidosis. SIGH.

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Many doctors and dietitians and the like really don't even know what ketosis is and think that ANY ketones mean ketoacidosis. Those are the ones to definitely not to divulge one's LC/HF, ketogenic diet.

I wouldn't have told my doc I was eating LC/HF if it hadn't been for other health issues related to lack of gall bladder. While she didn't panic, she certainly wasn't pleased about my diet. Then again, she was rather surprised at my excellent BG numbers and A1C and complemented me on taking charge of my diabetes.

Bottom line..... if not asked, don't tell (IMO)

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It seems the consensus is to keep my mouth shut about LCHF. I can be a good actor when I need to be.

Patdart - I am 42 years old.

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On a LC/HF diet:

Be aware that some people require about 120 grams of carbohydrate a day to supply their nerves/brain with glucose to begin with. They have to reduce carbs gradually.

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