The pathogenesis of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)
Below is a summary of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) from this source:
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is an acute, major, life-threatening
complication of diabetes characterised by hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis,
It occurs when absolute or relative insulin deficiency inhibits the
Why do we need ketone bodies?
The main role of ketone bodies is to serve as a fuel (mainly for the brain) when there are not enough dietary carbohydrates available (during a low-carbohydrate diet or fasting) to produce glucose, which is otherwise the main fuel in the human body. Additionally, ketones can be used as a fuel in untreated diabetes mellitus type ...
My limited understanding is that fat does not get converted to glucose only to ketones. Protein can be converted into glucose (sugar) by gluconeogenesis.
Ketones are used by the brain, though apparently only for 70ish percent of energy use.
It should be noted that the amount of carbohydrate needed by the brain is not actually that high. Lyle Macdonald sets ...