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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. cfine

    I have noticed that there are a few more people besides me who have this horrible disease. IC actually derailed my LCing back years ago before.
    I'm curious as to what foods makes you have pain on LC? I thought this thread might help us. I also have vestibulitis and pelvic floor dysfunction...fun times
    My triggers are :
    processed meats
    too many nuts of any kind(peanut butter is the worst for me)
    artificial sweeteners(I can do little amounts)
    I still eat most of these foods, I just try to rotate them and eat them sparingly. I still have varying amounts of pain most every day. The foods that don't trigger pain are all of the foods that you can't eat on LC, like bread, potatoes, rice, oats. I am doing ok with it though, and LC helps me keep my diabetes in check.
    Also I don't take any meds for my IC. For about five years I stayed in a fog from all of the meds my doctor had me on. I decided that I didn't want to live that way and quit them all cold turkey. They weren't really helping me all that much anyway.

  2. princessmommy

    I haven't been offically DX'd with IC but I have fibromylgia and my symptoms are spot on from what i've read/heard. I've noticed if I don't drink a lot of water my bladder gets very irritated, as well as if I eat acidic foods like tomatoes and to much coffee. All things I Love lol. I plan on talking to my Dr about it next appt and see what he says. I've gone to the Dr two times thinking it was a uti and it not be.

  3. marriedtothearmy

    I've actually had far less flares since starting low carb. I did gain about 20 lbs after being diagnosed last year because, as you said, it seems at first that all the carb things are the friendliest to the bladder.
    Based on the fact that this seems to work better for me, I've come to the conclusion that processed foods and my bladder just don't agree. I also have to stay away from all artificial sweeteners, all fruits and anything with any type of acidic level to it.
    I can handle some onions as long as they're cooked and the same seems to go for tomatoes. My list of foods that I can't eat is MUCH longer than what I can but doing low carb has been relatively easy with the restrictions. The only thing that frustrates me is the large number of recipes with artificial sweeteners (and usually a LOT of them!). But my husband is also a chef so that helps.
    I can get away with drinking unsweet tea (nothing added) but that seems to be the only drink that doesn't bother me other than water. For a while, I had to even be careful about the types of bottled water I was drinking but that seems to have gotten better since I changed my diet.
    It took me nearly ten years to get diagnosed with IC. It was such a relief to finally know what it was and that I was not really getting UTIs one right after the other for all of those years. At first, they tried me with all the medications (Elmiron, Amitrypline (sp?) and a few others). They caused MAJOR side effects for me and I really didn't see any improvement so I stopped them all. I've been controlling it with diet ever since.
    I was recently prescribed a TENS unit and I love it for IC! I also use the instills at home if it gets really bad. But honestly I have to be in a LOT of pain to put myself through that one!

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