Can ketone production go too high? That’s right, it’s called ketoacidosis. Is it likely under normal circumstances? Not at all. For most people, reaching the optimal level of ketosis is a real challenge. Reaching a condition that requires medical intervention is highly unlikely.
NOTE: The main exception to ketoacidosis is type 1 diabetes – it can occur when insulin levels are severely low, which is rare in a person with normal pancreatic function. Dangerously high ketone levels result in insulin secretion.
There are many misunderstandings about low-carb diets that have caused the ketogenic diet a bad name. There are many studies published in the last 30 years that show how high levels of fat and low carbohydrates are beneficial to health.
Many people confuse the ketogenic diet with high-fat, high-carbohydrate diets; which are terrible for the body. Of course, when you eat a lot of fatty foods that are high in sugar, you’re going to get in serious trouble.
When you eat foods that are high in carbohydrates and fat, your body naturally produces glucose. Carbohydrates are the easiest foods for your body to digest, and therefore use them first; thus resulting in the immediate storage of excess fats. As a result, this causes weight gain and body problems that are associated with diets high in fat and carbohydrates, not the ketogenic diet.
As a precaution, you should always check with your doctor if you have any concerns about starting a ketogenic diet. You should pay special attention if you are currently taking any medication for a pre-existing condition as you may need some additional monitoring. Be careful if you are breastfeeding because you may need some extra carbohydrates.