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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. Ellie_Baum

    I've been debating about putting this up for a while. I don't want to create fear or confusion. I've been very grateful for the keto way of eating. The story below does not make me want to change back to a SAD diet. I can't believe the benefits I get from eating Keto.
    But at the same time, if it can happen to one person it can happen to more than one. And I love this community and want to protect it.
    On the Keto reddit (an internet forum like this) recently, there was a story about a guy on Keto who was supplementing with lite salt. A LOT of lite salt. Like 2 tsp in a 32oz of keto-friendly lemonade everyday. And then had another major dose of it in broth when he wasn't feeling well. Long story short, he ended up in the hospital with Hyperkalemia - dangerously high levels of potassium in the blood. He should have died, the levels he had.
    I know a lot of Newbies on here will be feeling bad and we in the community will recommend taking more electrolytes. While that is usually true, please be careful about recommending that as a miracle cure for any and every aliment. If someone has a weird symptom, if you're not a doctor, be careful about chiming in. I also think that everyone should be aware that there is an upper limit of appropriate amounts of potassium.
    Here is the reddit link:
    Morton Lite Salt and Potassium Supplementation: A Cautionary Tale • r/keto
    Edit: So this got pretty big, and I'm glad I've been able to make a positive impact for some people. But I want to make a brief clarification...

    KCKO, eat an avocado not 2 tsp of lite salt.

  2. Mare

    I didn't end up so badly, but a couple of weeks ago, I felt the 'need' for more potassium, so I used that LiteSalt regularly for a couple of days.

    I was due for labs soon after, and my endo mentioned my high potassium (it's usually right in range) and suggested I avoid 'potassium rich' foods for a while. I didn't mention the LiteSalt but quickly put it away in the cupboard when I got home.

  3. Ellie_Baum

    So glad you're ok!!

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