What Are Ketone Test Strips Used For

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Importance Of Ketone Testing

Ketones appear in the blood when there is not enough insulin in the body to change sugar into energy. When the body cannot use sugar, it uses fat and muscle stores for energy. The breakdown of the fat and muscle produces ketones. Ketones are an acid waste product that build up in the blood. This can happen when there is too little insulin in the body due to not taking enough insulin or illness. It can also happen when there is not enough food due to weight loss or skipping meals. Because ketones are an acid, they can upset the way the body functions. This can lead to a serious condition. It is called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). It is a dangerous situation. Be aware it is more common in type 1 diabetes. How to check for ketones For many years checking urine for ketones was the common method. But now you can check your blood for ketones, instead. This is done the same way as checking your blood sugar. It is important to note, that not all meters check for blood ketones. Nova Max® Plus does check for both glucose and ketone levels with the same meter. You just need to use a different strip for ketones. Advantages of testing for blood ketones over urine ketones Testing your blood for Continue reading >>

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  1. spacistacey

    I keep hearing the mention of the ketone strip, are they something I need to purchace? what exactly do they do? And where can I get them?


    You only have one life, live it well!!

  2. MsJulieRae

    Hi Stacey
    You purchase them over the counter at a drug store. They are a little expensive. It measures how many ketones are in your urine. There is a color chart on the side of the bottle and the darker the color (purple) means you are burning fat.
    Hope that helps...Enjoy your Sunday! Julie

  3. sweetthing

    Hey there...
    I get the strips and cut them in half.....saves money..

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