Trace Ketones In Urine Causes

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Caution: Don’t Get Caught With Ketones

Ketoacidosis is an extremely serious diabetic complication that can lead to coma and even death. Unfortunately it is also fairly common. The good news, however, is that with proper care and an eye towards prevention, this costly and dangerous complication can be avoided. What Is Ketoacidosis? When there isn't enough insulin present for the metabolism of glucose, or when insufficient food has been eaten to satisfy energy requirements, the body burns fat for energy. Ketones are toxic, acidic byproducts of this process. Ketones are normally processed by the kidneys and excreted in the urine. But when more ketones are produced than the kidneys can handle, they can build up in the blood and lead to a dangerous condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Ketoacidosis raises the acidity of the body, which leads to "a cascade of problems throwing off a number a parameters in the body," says Cindy Onufer, RN, MA, CDE, the diabetes research and clinical care coordinator at Oregon Health Sciences University. Ketoacidosis rarely occurs in people with type 2 diabetes, who usually do not suffer from insufficiency of insulin, but is of great concern to those with type 1 diabetes. In fact, ket Continue reading >>

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  1. savannahceleste

    Trace amount of ketones in urine, constantly!

    So I'm sitting here, typing with one hand while I attempt to feed my son, Dakota with the other lol. At 18 years old, I keep finding myself looking down amazed at what perfection he is that I made! And then feel such an intense fear from the thought of me not living long enough to see him graduate or even see his 10th birthday! :(
    (I'm scared for myself, too…)
    I'm so glad I found a website that looks full of support/people that understand! I'm hoping I can get either an answer to why this is happening, or at least reassurance. :/
    Since I had Dakota (October. 8, 2010) via emergency c-section due to severe preeclampsia, I've had health problems. Unexplained 99% of the time because my blood work comes back "normal". Today, I'm fine. Besides occasional positional vertigo. What worries me though, is the fact that I've been running a trace amount of ketones since I've had Dakota. I'm able to flush them with water, but they come back. I eat enough, my blood sugars are under control, and I'm not sick. I blamed it at first on the c-section (surgery causing trauma to the insides and my body recovering from just having a baby) well it's been two and a half months and I'm STILL running ketones. I know what ketones are. I don't understand why I'm running them though. Why I can't get rid of them. I'm hoping to get an answer. Is this dangerous??? I'm really worried…
    Help please !!!

  2. tomecom

    The body is constantly producing small amounts of keytones naturally. Keytones are a byproduct of breaking down proteins. Small amounts are not a bad thing. In fact your heart will thank you because your heart prefers keytones over glucose as a fuel source.
    Typically, higher keytones are the result of eating too many proteins, and too few carbohydrates. Don't confuse keytones with ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is the result of a sedimentary lifestyle, overweight, low insulin levels, and poor diet.

  3. kdroberts

    I have to question some of your info since it appears to be very wrong. Ketones are produced when fatty acids are broken down, as far as I know protein has nothing to do with it. Ketoacidosis has nothing to do with weight, poor diet or lifestyle. Diabetic ketoacidosis is purely from a lack of insulin which is why it's a fairly common problem for type 1's and why many type 1's are diagnosed with ketoacidosis. Dehydration can also cause it because the body starts to panic and starts uncontrollably burning fat for energy.
    Ketosis can happen with a low carb, high fat (like the ketogenic diet which is about 80% fat or to some extent, atkins) diet since the body switches over to ketones as it's primary energy source. If you can control ketosis then it's arguably safe, although that's still hotly contested. If you can't control it then the ketosis will turn to ketoacidosis.

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