What Happens When You Have Ketones In Your Urine?

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High Blood (hyperglycemia) And Ketones

Hyperglycemia (said like: hi per glie SEE mee ah) is also called high blood glucose. It happens when blood glucose numbers are higher than 120 mg/dl. What causes high blood glucose? Eating more carbohydrates than you calculated for your insulin dose Not enough insulin is taken Stress Illness How do I prevent high blood glucose? Count your carbohydrate closely. Give the right insulin dose based on your meal and blood glucose number. Change the insulin doses when you see a pattern of high blood glucose levels. Give insulin for all the carbohydrate you eat. How will I feel when my blood glucose is high? Thirsty Need to go to the bathroom a lot Need to get up at night to go to the bathroom Tired Dry lips and mouth What should I do if my blood glucose is high? • Drink fluids that do not have carbohydrates. Try to drink 1 full glass (8 ounces) every 30 to 60 minutes. • Check your urine or blood for ketones if blood glucose is higher than 300 mg/dl. Why would I have ketones? You need glucose in every cell in your body to use for energy. Your body needs glucose and insulin in your blood. When there is not enough glucose or not enough insulin, your cells will not have glucose to use for Continue reading >>

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  1. chelseyRN

    This is my 13th day on the ketogenic diet. I bought ketone test strips to test my urine. I've been testing a few times a day and been in the low range. This morning I've tested twice and it says "Large" and correlates with the "8 mmol/L" color on the test strips. I've been "high fat, moderate whole foods carbs" for months, if not longer. I'm not diabetic but have a glucometer to test for blood sugar spikes to know what foods to avoid. My blood sugars have been 60-90s consistently. Is there any concern about spilling too many ketones? Educate me please!!

  2. Jason_v

    Just due to the nature of the presence of the 3 different versions of circulating ketones, some will always spill over to the urine. how detectable they are will depend on your hydration level more than anything else. So no there is no concern, which is good because you can't do anything about it anyway. If you are producing ketones, some will show up in the urine:period. if you are hyper hydrated you won't see many, if you are dehydrated you will see dark purple. Exercise tends to reduce the amount of ketones in the urine, in my experience. There is a falsehood that circulates that your body "learns" to use ketones more effectively thus "spilling less" into the urine but that's not technically correct. Although the use of ketones by different tissues can be up regulated (made more efficient depending on demand) there will always be some in the urine if you are producing them at all.

  3. ketohealthclub

    I'd love to read the data explaining that. Do you have any links? I've definitely read the opposite: that over time your body wastes fewer ketones, which renders the ketostix pretty useless after a few weeks.

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