What Is A Normal Ketone Level?

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Urine Tests For Diabetes: Glucose Levels And Ketones

The human body primarily runs on glucose. When your body is low on glucose, or if you have diabetes and don’t have enough insulin to help your cells absorb the glucose, your body starts breaking down fats for energy. Ketones (chemically known as ketone bodies) are byproducts of the breakdown of fatty acids. The breakdown of fat for fuel and the creation of ketones is a normal process for everyone. In a person without diabetes, insulin, glucagon, and other hormones prevent ketone levels in the blood from getting too high. However, people with diabetes are at risk for ketone buildup in their blood. If left untreated, people with type 1 diabetes are at risk for developing a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). While rare, it’s possible for people with type 2 diabetes to experience DKA in certain circumstances as well. If you have diabetes, you need to be especially aware of the symptoms that having too many ketones in your body can cause. These include: If you don’t get treatment, the symptoms can progress to: a fruity breath odor stomach pain trouble breathing You should always seek immediate medical attention if your ketone levels are high. Testing your blood or urine Continue reading >>

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  1. Shravan Kumar

    In general, people with diabetes either have a total lack of insulin (type 1 diabetes) or they have too little insulin or cannot use insulin effectively (type 2 diabetes).
    Common differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
    Type 1 Diabetes
    Often diagnosed in childhood
    Not associated with excess body weight
    Often associated with higher than normal ketone levels at diagnosis
    Treated with insulin injections or insulin pump
    Cannot be controlled without taking insulin
    Type 2 Diabetes
    Usually diagnosed in over 30 year olds
    Not associated with excess body weight
    Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis
    Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets
    Sometimes possible to come off diabetes medication

    You can join online communities like the diabetes community on the CareSpace app CareSpace - Android Apps on Google Play to meet others who suffer from it as well as doctors and physicians who can advice you further.

  2. Shruti Padmanabhan

    Do you really know the key difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? The truth is that diabetes, in itself, can be a confusing term. More often than not, you’ll read and hear a lot about “diabetes” in general, without any mention of the type. While both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterized by a higher than normal blood sugar level, the cause, the development, and often, the preferred treatment aren’t the same.

  3. Shravani Babladi

    Here's something funny that'll also sort the confusion out easily.
    Imagine a car (you) running on 8 cylinders.
    If you have type 1 diabetes, the car will simply not run. The engine won't start. You'll need a tow-truck (insulin pump) to get it to move.
    However, if you have type 2 diabetes, your car will go from point A to B, but it's not running on 8 cylinders. You may or may not realize this. Depending on how many cylinders remain functional, you may need a few lifestyle changes or oral hypoglycemics or Insulin.
    Hope it helps.


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