What Happens When You Have Ketones In Your Urine?

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Ketones In Urine

What is a Ketones in Urine Test? The test measures ketone levels in your urine. Normally, your body burns glucose (sugar) for energy. If your cells don't get enough glucose, your body burns fat for energy instead. This produces a substance called ketones, which can show up in your blood and urine. High ketone levels in urine may indicate diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a complication of diabetes that can lead to a coma or even death. A ketones in urine test can prompt you to get treatment before a medical emergency occurs. Other names: ketones urine test, ketone test, urine ketones, ketone bodies What is it used for? The test is often used to help monitor people at a higher risk of developing ketones. These include people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, ketones in urine can mean that you are not getting enough insulin. If you don't have diabetes, you may still be at risk for developing ketones if you: Participate in strenuous exercise Are on a very low-carbohydrate diet Are pregnant Why do I need a ketones in urine test? Your health care provider may order a ketones in urine test if you have diabetes or other risk factors for developing ketones. You may also need Continue reading >>

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  1. Sally

    ketone confusion

    Ok, here is what is going on with me. ANY info anyone has will be much appreciated. I was (a few days ago) haveing light ketones show up in my urine. My bs was great, 100 fasting and not over 145 post meals. I figured not enough carbs, looking back on my recent meals. I upped my carbs to 110 yesterday, ketones in urine went away. I thought I had it figured out. This morning, bs was 115, but ketones in my urine was in the high color zone, plus I am having frequent urination. Are there any other things that would cause ketones besides bs issues? I unfortunately do not have insurance and money is tight, cannot see any docs. I have checked with the health dept here and they most they can offer a diabetic is sugar screenings twice a week. This is by a reg doc, not an endo, same with the only free clinic here. When I talked to them, they suggested I see an endo. So I am back to square one. Any advice at all???

  2. lipsie

    Sally, I dunno much at all about this stuff but just wanted to wish you well, hope it all works its way out for you and you feel better. *Hugs* Love yassssss Sheila

  3. kdroberts

    Ketones are 'created' when your body burns fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. Briefly, when you don't have enough insulin in your body burns fat for energy and you spill ketones. If you eat very low carb you will spill ketones, some people on low carb diets aren't satisfied until they are. If you fast, you may spill ketones. If you are pregnant and don't eat enough, you can spill ketones. If you have LOW blood sugar you can spill ketones (opposite to when you have not enough insulin, you have too much and it's used all the glucose so burns fat). Illness and stress can cause you to spill ketones. Exercise can cause you to spill ketones.
    Now, spilling ketones in your urine (ketosis) is very different to ketoacidosis because ketosis doesn't cause your blood pH to drop which is the issue with DKA. Ketosis is not (well not been shown to be) dangerous, ketoacidosis is. I would buy some fresh ketostix and monitor things and pay very carful attention to the DKA symptoms like extreme tiredness, extreme thirst, constant urination, hyperventilation, nausea and pain in the upper body. If you have multiple ones of those you really need to go to a doctor. If you have any of the following, you really need to go to the ER. Vomiting, abdominal pain, symptoms of the flu, weakness and fast/normal but deep breathing like you are gasping for air.

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