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What Are Ketone Test Strips Used For

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Urine Ketones

Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for fuel. Normally these ketones will be completely broken down (metabolised) so that there are very few ketones in the urine. If for any reason the body cannot get enough glucose for energy it will switch to using body fats, causing an increase in ketones in the body. This results in more ketones present in the urine. What are ketones? Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for energy. Normally, your body gets the energy it needs from carbohydrate in your diet. But stored fat is broken down and ketones are made if your diet does not contain enough carbohydrate to supply the body with sugar (glucose) for energy or if your body can't use blood sugar (glucose) properly. Ketones are usually formed in the liver and are broken down so that very small amounts of ketones appear in the urine. However, when carbohydrates are unavailable (for example, in starvation) or can't to be used as an energy source (for example, in diabetes), fat becomes the main source of energy and large amounts of ketones are made. Therefore, higher levels of ketones in the urine indicate that the body is using fat as the major source of energy. High levels of keto 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?

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  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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