Posted by Scott Deadwyler
on December 18, 1999 at 12:37:35:
In Reply to: Drug that could produce ketones posted by D.Hansen on November 10, 1999 at 14:28:39:
: To the previous writer, I would also like any information on a drug that could produce ketones. Have you heard that this is a possiblity? I am interested in anything you find.
I used to work in a hospital with diabetic kids, and I learned there that ketones are a biproduct of the body's metabolizing its own tissues. When blood sugar drops because of exertion, and isn't replaced by eating food, the body burns its own fat, and even its own muscle if there isn't any fat. Ketones are a biproduct of that metabolism. A ketogenic diet, then, is one of near-starvation and is usually a last resort.