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Ketone Strips: Are They Legit?

These days, everyone is a keto dieter, but very few actually know they’re in ketosis. Sure, you can follow the diet and take the supplements, but if it’s all predicated on reaching a certain metabolic condition, wouldn’t you want to know if you’ve achieved it? Ketone strips fall into two distinct categories that dictate the accuracy of the test you are taking. These two categories are urine and blood. The degree to which ketone strips help you to successfully monitor your blood ketone levels will be greatly affected by which of these you use. Think of a urinalysis as the book jacket version, and a blood test as the entire Moby Dick novel in regard to detail. Depending where you are on the commitment scale, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right test for your needs. Below, we’ve listed the various types, brands, and benefits/detriments of each of the ketone strips. Check them out, and see which one suits your needs best, and most importantly, helps you remain in ketosis. Ketone Strips: Urine Analysis Using urinalysis to test for ketones is simply getting a “30,000 foot view” of the ketones in your system. The body regularly emits anywhere from 3 to 15 mill Continue reading >>

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  1. tel9

    Hi , I am a 75 year old male with type 2 for around 10 years. I control by diet--no carbs.-- and metformin and glicklaside and my Hb1c tests are in the 6.8 area. I usually blood test twice a day before going driving in the morning and last thing at night before bed time. I have just bought a pack of Bayer Keto- Diastix urine test strips. I do not fully follow as to what colour on the glucose chart I should be aiming for---the very light green end or the mid-range or above. Help needed please ASAP.

  2. GrantGam

    Hello,
    Zero carbohydrates? Wow, that's impressive.
    If you are on a no-carb diet then you may find that you have ketones in your blood due to your body being in a state called nutritional ketosis.
    However, that said - if you BGL runs high then this will only increase your ketone level, and then you run the risk of becoming seriously unwell.
    If it were me, I'd certinaly be aiming to be closer to the negative side of the chart. But I eat carbohydrates and therefore I expect to have a low ketone count.
    Grant

  3. tel9

    GrantGam1337 said: ↑
    Hello,
    Zero carbohydrates? Wow, that's impressive.
    If you are on a no-carb diet then you may find that you have ketones in your blood due to your body being in a state called nutritional ketosis.
    However, that said - if you BGL runs high then this will only increase your ketone level, and then you run the risk of becoming seriously unwell.
    If it were me, I'd certinaly be aiming to be closer to the negative side of the chart. But I eat carbohydrates and therefore I expect to have a low ketone count.
    Grant
    Click to expand... Hi Grant,
    I probably mislead you by saying ''no carbs diet'' I should have said a low carb diet or putting it realistically only potatoes once a week---still love me roast on Sunday, never mind the heat----1 slice brown toast for breakfast and half a roll with my salad daily. frozen veggies with chicken slices some days so I do eat some carbs.
    So I need to be aiming for the left hand side of the scales---the lighter/paler coloured side?.
    I realise that it's not quite like reading your numbers on a blood glucose meter when I was always maybe adjusting my diet to keep around 6.5 on my uk meter if possible and of course there are no corresponding numbers on the scales.
    It's a case of getting used to a different type of testing really.

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