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Beverly Hills DUI Unfairness: Can a Low Carb Diet Ruin your Breathalyzer Readings?

Let’s face it: celebrities, movie stars, and Beverly Hills business people want to stay as thin as possible. But if you’re on a low carb diet and you’re pulled over under suspicion of Beverly Hills DUI, be forewarned that the ketone bodies that you produce while on this diet can potentially have an adverse effect on your breathalyzer readings.low-carb-dui.jpg

In fact, this effect of low carb or very low calorie diets (e.g. fasting) can easily accidentally land you a Burbank DUI, Pasadena DUI, Glendale DUI, or Los Angeles DUI – even if you’re significantly under the legal limit… or haven’t been drinking at all!

Before we get deep into the biochemistry, let’s dial back and learn a little bit more about the breathalyzer. A Beverly Hills DUI breathalyzer test is essentially a chemical analysis that looks for certain compounds on your breath to determine whether you’ve imbibed ethanol alcohol in a high concentration. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is greater than 0.08%, you will be tagged for Beverly Hills DUI pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 23152(b). End of story.

Or is it?

A variety of factors can screw up a breathalyzer’s reading. If you’re diabetic, for instance, and you suffer from ketoacidosis – a potentially life threatening condition – you will produce chemicals that can skew the BAC reading to be higher than it should.

When you’re on a low carb diet, your body will also manufacture these compounds, called ketones, but at very safe levels. (One of the big myths about low carb diets involves confusing the very dangerous ketoacidosis with normal ketosis).

Essentially, when you spare carbohydrates in the diet, your liver burns fat to help transform protein via a process known as gluconeogenesis into the glucose you need to run things like your brain. The half burnt fat releases ketone compounds to help provide fuel for the body and organs. According to Dr. Michael Eades, author of the best seller Protein Power, “the heart, for example, operates about 28% more efficiently on ketones than it does on glucose.”

In any event, the ketones not used immediately for fuel remain in the blood; they will be present in your breath and can skew your breathalyzer reading. How much will they skew your reading? The answer depends on a huge variety of factors, including how deeply into ketosis you are, your age, your gender, your weight, whether you’ve consumed alcohol simultaneously, whether you are on any medications, and literally dozens of other factors.

To build an effective defense, therefore, it’s common sense and good practice to talk to an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. Mr. Michael Kraut, (offices in Beverly Hills at: 9107 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 450, Beverly Hills, California 90210 Phone: (310) 550-6935), can discuss your arrest and possible defense strategies today. Mr. Kraut spent nearly 15 years serving the city as a prosecutor – he actually put many DUI offenders behind bars.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Beverly Hills or you are under investigation for driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.

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