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How To Get Ketones Out Of Your Urine

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What Are Ketones And Their Tests?

A ketone test can warn you of a serious diabetes complication called diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA. An elevated level of this substance in your blood can mean you have very high blood sugar. Too many ketones can trigger DKA, which is a medical emergency. Regular tests you take at home can spot when your ketone levels run too high. Then you can take insulin to lower your blood sugar level or get other treatments to prevent complications. What Exactly Are Ketones? Everyone has them, whether you have diabetes or not. Ketones are chemicals made in your liver. You produce them when you don't have enough of the hormone insulin in your body to turn sugar (or “glucose”) into energy. You need another source, so your body uses fat instead. Your liver turns this fat into ketones, a type of acid, and sends them into your bloodstream. Your muscles and other tissues can then use them for fuel. For a person without diabetes, this process doesn’t become an issue. But when you have diabetes, things can run out of control and you build up too many ketones in your blood. If the level goes too high, it can become life-threatening. Who Needs a Ketone Test? You might need one if you have type 1 di Continue reading >>

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  1. Muddyone

    No its not a cracker joke.. I am in week there and finding the whole thing pretty good, Personaly i am finding it easiest to only eat once a day. Out of interest i bought some Ketone testing strips.
    I ate a meal at about 5pm on Monday- Chicke Keiv, peas and hime made chips (don’t judge me on that!) the next thing to pass my lips apart from black coffee was a small fish curry on Tuesday evening at about 6:30pm.
    so 21 hours with no food.
    Whenever i needed a wee i used the Ketone strips (i have also used them on two of my previous fast days) and on all occasions they hardly change colour at all.. only just registering trace levels.
    So where the dickens are my Ketones?
    I have lost about 3 KG and about an inch from my waist… but ??Any ideas?

  2. simcoeluv

    Hi Muddy and welcome:
    You have discovered the ‘dirty little secret’ of ‘fasting’. To get into the ‘fat burning’ state takes time. There is no specific number of hours to do it. It depends on the person, their size, what they have recently eaten and many other things. On average, it takes about two to three days of little or no (non carb) calories to get into ketosis.
    That is why 16:8 or whatever means little from a ketosis standpoint. And current research indicates that ketosis is the important reason that ‘fasting’ has ‘other health benefits’.
    That does not mean you can’t lose weight if you don’t get into ketosis – you can.
    So don’t think 5:2 does not work because you can’t get into ketosis. It does.
    Good Luck!

  3. Gail B

    I have been doing this since new year and am doing 2 days Monday and Thursday,last meal 8pm then just sugarless tea until 6pm next day when I have a low cal cheese,water biscuits and cherry tomato “snack”after a 40 minute walk home at 8pm I will then have a “Nutriblast”then as I am not a breakfast eater go til early afternoon next day.(i work in a small care home and my hours are 1til 7)weight loss is minimal(I am 5ft6″and currently weigh 9st 12lbs)..the main reason for this post is confusion about how long it takes for the”health benifits to be activated,I have read several times that this starts to occur after 12,hours fasting but reading your post Sim completely blows that out of the water,so am I wasting my time? (I am a 62 year old female)

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