Re: Need some direction...
Heckofagal: Some may say that those are prediabetic numbers. Are you seeing and endocrinologist for all of this or just your PCP? An endo can see the whole picture. Thyroid and diabetes are all part of the endocrine system. I wouldn't worry too much about the sugar numbers right now. Get the thyroid in order and see what happens.
Producing ketones is o.k. for weight loss. There's a diet called the ketogenic diet that is used for controlling epileptic seizures. It's a high fat diet and makes your body produce ketones. Ketones can be fatal for diabetics if you end up in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). When ketones are present in a diabetic they need to be flushed out. To get rid of them you have to drink lots of water, take more insulin if you're a T1, or get to the hospital. They can dehydrate you and if you get the DKA then you're in deep trouble and could end up in a coma. If you're in DKA you need to be in the ER for sure.
The coconut oil will produce ketones but for a non-diabetic it shouldn't be a problem. You might feel a little nauseous. Your urine will be yellower. Doing a juicing detoxification of your body can produce ketones, too. You might feel like you have the flu for a few days and then you feel like you're on a high with all kinds of energy. You still need to drink tons of water to flush the ketones out because you don't want to end up with kidney stones or kidney damage. They're filtered through the kidneys. You also have to watch for gall stones. When losing weight rapidly you could get gall stones. Doing a juicing detox will push your blood sugars low. You can have ketones with a high OR a low sugar. Many times diabetics get ketones if they've got a sickness, cold, or have one coming on. Having ketones when your sugars are low is worse than having them if you're high. If you're low, you can't get the insulin in there to help flush them out because it just drives your sugars lower. If you can't drink/eat, then you can't take more insulin. Some meds even have the same side effects as low sugars. Estrogen dominance has the side effect of low sugars. There's another thing called Reactive Hypoglycemia. You don't have to be a diabetic to have it. Some people just have low sugars for no reason. If you get ketones, don't exercise. You could pass out!