Ketones are described as naturally synthesized chemicals that occur within the human boy. They are vitally essential for your daily activities. As innocuous as they might seem to the everyday person, misaligned ketone levels can have widely adverse effects for the human body.
Our bodies run primarily on a substance called glucose which is created from Carbohydrates and Sugars. It acts as the fuel that keeps us going. When Glucose levels are low, or if you have diabetes, the liver may be forced to break down fat to use as fuel. When this happens, ketones are formed as by-products.
This is also the idea behind the keto diet, in which you deplete your body’s source of glucose via low-carb diets and fasting in order to burn fat as your primary fuel.
Whenever fatty acids are broken down, ketones are produced. These levels are kept under control by your hormones, glucagon and insulin for those those who do not have diabetes. Those who are Diabetic, do not have glucagon or insulin at the necessary levels though. In situations such as this, if left untreated, ketone concentrations may significantly increase which will result in health complications.
Ketones have a single function; provide energy for the body. Coming back to the idea of Keto Diets, which allow the body to produce higher ketone amounts, they promise weight loss while retaining your energy. I do advise caution with these diets as many have been debunked or proven false.