Ketones In Urine Child

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Kids And Ketones: Checking And Treating High Blood Glucose

Low blood glucose levels usually have warning signs such as shaking, sweating and rapid heartbeat, but high blood glucose levels can be silent until things start to get out of control. The staff in the Joslin Pediatic Clinic has this advice. One of the vital warning signs of an impending diabetic crisis is the appearance of ketones in the blood or urine. For children with type 1 diabetes and their parents, understanding the role of ketones in a diabetic emergency and knowing how to check for them and what to do if your child has them can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and many tense hours in the emergency room. (Ketoacidosis almost always occurs in people with type 1 diabetes) Too little insulin for too long a time initiates a cascade of hormonal changes in the body that can lead to the dangerous condition of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). If left untreated, it can lead to coma and death. In the face of inadequate circulating insulin, glucose builds up in the blood instead of moving into the tissue cells where it would be used for fuel. Without glucose to burn for energy, the body turns to fat for fuel. The special type of fat it uses is called ketones. Because ke Continue reading >>

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  1. hkcool

    Got a quick call today from my doctor since I had a routine physical and got bloodwork and urine tests done.
    He said everything was normal except for really low vitamin D levels and oddly enough, ketones in my urine. He explained that typically it's a sign of uncontrolled diabetes but my blood sugar is fine. He ordered an a1c done at the time that I got all of my bloodwork done just to be thorough. I don't have the results in front of me but I could request a hard copy of them. Anyway, he assured me that I'm not diabetic.
    I'm a 20 y/o college student.
    Is ketones in the urine a precursor to diabetes? I did read that fasting or starvation can lead to temporary high ketone levels. As a full-time college student, let's just say that my sleeping schedule is rather...irregular. I had to fast for the blood test that morning so my last meal was dinner that evening. I didn't sleep until 7 am that morning and my appointment was at 9 am, so...yeah...
    The doctor said the next step would be a 24 hr urine test since they double-checked my results to make sure I actually had ketones in my urine and I did. But he also said there's no rush at all. I can't get the test till I'm actually back home so I'm just wondering now what it could be

  2. labrat

    Did you know the volume of ketones in your urine? Was it slight or high?
    Slight to moderate ketones can occur with exercise. Did you work out or do some strenuous physical activity before your appointment?
    People on low carbohydrate diets go into ketosis (usually preferably). These are things to consider if your testing does rule out Diabetes.
    Plus, this was a one time test. Without other symptoms or clinical presentations to preclude a diagnosis, it may be easier to simply repeat a urine sample next time, too. Shouldn't need to be a fasting sample, either.

  3. sweetthing

    Most likely caused by dehydration. Young people often do not get enough to drink. I would just make sure you have lots of water before your next test. You said you had been fasting since supper the night before? If you were a bit dry then and didn't drink anything, you could very easily have been dehydrated.

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