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Blood Ketone Meter South Africa

First Reusable Breath Ketone Analyzer

First Reusable Breath Ketone Analyzer

Sweden/International1) shop, buy here in - Ketonix Webshop , Sverige/Internationella1) shopen, köp i - Ketonix Webshop eller på CDON.COM - www.cdon.se Nordens största varuhus! If you rather want to shop in your region and get the local support Here are the current distributors, authorized dealers and sales channels for Ketonix out in the world, check back here for updates. Australia and New Zealand - ketonix.com.au Germany - www.amazon.de ----------------------------- 1) Due to restrictions on the transport of batteries, we can only ship products with battery to some countries: Here is a list of countries we can send to from our international site: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Spain,United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Macedoni, Malaysia, Maldives, Martinique, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates,United States, Viet Nam Continue reading >>

How To Measure Ketones And Optimize Ketogenic Diets

How To Measure Ketones And Optimize Ketogenic Diets

The problem with diets is that we think that one diet should be good for everyone. But research and N=1 experiments show that’s not the case. Learn about measuring ketones and ketosis to understand how your low carb or high fat diet is really affecting you. If there is one area of our bodies that is debated to extremes, with literally hundreds of differing strong opinions on it, it’s nutrition. For many, beliefs about nutrition and diet are tribal. We put ourselves in different camps and we war agains the other camps. Whether it be paleo, low fat, low carb, Atkins, high fat, low protein, vegan, raw vegan and so on. It’s exactly this sort of area where I see data as essential. Without data we have no hope of cutting through the maze of opinions to get to what really works. Part of the problem with nutrition and diets is that we tend to think that one diet should be good for everyone. But increasingly, research and N=1 experiments, are showing that that isn’t the case. And this is exactly why you should pay attention to today’s show. Today, we’re looking at what has relatively recently become the fastest growing nutrition or diet trend. The high fat diet. Also known in different guises as the ketogenic diet, or the low carb diet. And specifically how this can affect our different individual biochemistries, how we can measure “Ketosis” and other biomarkers to understand how our specific biology is reacting to it… and allowing us to troubleshoot and course correct when it isn’t getting the desired results we’re looking for from it. Today’s guest is Jimmy Moore. In 2004, Jimmy, at 32 years, weighed 410 pounds. Since then he has transformed his own biology, shedding all that additional weight with low carb and ketogenic diets. He has also interviewed n Continue reading >>

Freestyle Optium Neo Blood Glucose And Ketone Monitoring System

Freestyle Optium Neo Blood Glucose And Ketone Monitoring System

Insulin Support Tools At Your Fingertips Introducing the FreeStyle Optium Neo System, with a choice of support tools especially designed for people on insulin. Finally a meter that’s as easy1 or as useful as you want it to be! Key Features Accurate blood glucose & blood ketone^ testing 1,2 Trend indicators highlight when your blood glucose patterns need attention Insulin logging helps you track your insulin doses Clear, sharp screen is icon driven & easy to read1 even in direct sunlight No chip or coding required Fast 5 second test time Small blood sample required 0.6 µl Individually foil-wrapped strips protect from air & moisture, are convenient to store & carry3 Meets current ISO 15197:2013 system accuracy standards1 FreeStyle Auto-Assist Neo compatible – download up to 1000 events & print or email reports Owner’s Manual Instructional How to Use Video Test Strips The FreeStyle Optium Neo meter uses FreeStyle Optium Blood Glucose test strips to check for blood glucose. It can also be used with FreeStyle Optium blood β-Ketone test strips to check blood ketone levels. Continue reading >>

Comparative Performance Assessment Of Point-of-care Testing Devices For Measuring Glucose And Ketones At The Patient Bedside

Comparative Performance Assessment Of Point-of-care Testing Devices For Measuring Glucose And Ketones At The Patient Bedside

Go to: Abstract Point-of-care (POC) testing devices for monitoring glucose and ketones can play a key role in the management of dysglycemia in hospitalized diabetes patients. The accuracy of glucose devices can be influenced by biochemical changes that commonly occur in critically ill hospital patients and by the medication prescribed. Little is known about the influence of these factors on ketone POC measurements. The aim of this study was to assess the analytical performance of POC hospital whole-blood glucose and ketone meters and the extent of glucose interference factors on the design and accuracy of ketone results. StatStrip glucose/ketone, Optium FreeStyle glucose/ketone, and Accu-Chek Performa glucose were also assessed and results compared to a central laboratory reference method. The analytical evaluation was performed according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) protocols for precision, linearity, method comparison, and interference. The interferences assessed included acetoacetate, acetaminophen, ascorbic acid, galactose, maltose, uric acid, and sodium. The accuracies of both Optium ketone and glucose measurements were significantly influenced by varying levels of hematocrit and ascorbic acid. StatStrip ketone and glucose measurements were unaffected by the interferences tested with exception of ascorbic acid, which reduced the higher level ketone value. The accuracy of Accu-Chek glucose measurements was affected by hematocrit, by ascorbic acid, and significantly by galactose. The method correlation assessment indicated differences between the meters in compliance to ISO 15197 and CLSI 12-A3 performance criteria. Combined POC glucose/ketone methods are now available. The use of these devices in a hospital setting requires careful considera Continue reading >>

Worlds First Reusable Breath Ketone Analyzer

Worlds First Reusable Breath Ketone Analyzer

Ketonix is a product that indicates your ketone production and usage in your breath. Ketones are formed by breaking down fatty acids in your liver and can be used instead of glucose. When your body breaks down fat and creates ketones your body is in a state called ketosis. There are many advantages to use fat as energy source instead of sugar (carbohydrates). There are also many reasons for using a diet that gets your body into the ketosis state, some therapeutic uses are treatment of epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, alzheimer, parkinson, fertility and weight loss. Ketosis is not the same state as ketoacidosis which can occur when a person with diabetes type 1 have a very high level of blood sugar. High blood sugar is caused mainly from sugar and carbohydrates, not fat. A ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates and moderate protein and high in fat, it minimizes the blood sugar in your body. Any required glucose in your blood, body can produce from fat or protein. To be in ketosis can have a huge advantage when you are performing sports. When your body adopted to using fat as fuel, the muscles uses fat and mainly the brain and heart uses ketones. Muscles and brain does not compete to get fuel. Who has not seen athletes collapsed just before reaching the goal flag? Also the production of lactic acid is minimized when not burning glucose in your muscles. Ketonix is a excellent alternative to keep track of your ketosis compared to urine and blood tests. The Ketonix has a one time cost and is simple to use. It has never been easier to see if you are producing ketones! Whats the advantage of using Ketonix instead of urine strips and/or blood ketone meters? Urine strips indicate the excess concentration of acetoacetate in the urine. Ketonix indicates the acetone in your breath Continue reading >>

At Last: Nutritional Ketosis

At Last: Nutritional Ketosis

It took one whole week after my trip to CT to find my way back into nutritional ketosis (1,5-3mmol/L)! But now I am here… This means: Extra energy Less needed sleep Burning fat at maximum Not so hungry Optimal fuel for the brain Bad breath… So how can you turbo your way into nutritional ketosis? Eat lots, LOTS of fat (butter, ghee, coconut oil) Avoid: berries, nuts, fruit, alkohol, too much dairy Bullet coffee helps Eat only 2-3 times a day In South Africa this is where you can get hold of a blood keton measurer: M-KEM, Durban Road. (At the Durban Road off-ramp from N1 heading out in direction of Paarl). Price: R149.95 B-Ketone strips (Box of 10). Price: R129.90 That’s R12.99 per strip! In Sweden the strips cost R30 each… But it is a pricey hobby, but for me, so worth it. It is very motivating to keep track of what you eat and how it affects your body and definately helps weight loss! Continue reading >>

Ketone Testing

Ketone Testing

Ketones are a chemical produced by your body when, due to a lack of insulin, it is not able to use glucose as its source of energy, and instead start breaking down fat ••••• Ketones are a chemical produced by your body when it is not able to use glucose as its source of energy due to a lack of insulin. When glucose can’t be used as energy, your body will start breaking down fat for energy instead and this is when ketones are produced. This is a short term solution for the body as over time the level of ketones will increase and can become dangerously high. If this happens, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can develop which can be life threatening. Having ketones is more common in Type 1 than Type 2 diabetes. You may have continued high glucose readings because you are finding it difficult to manage your diabetes, have missed a few injections, you are ill, have an infection, or for any other reason. It is important to test your level of ketones if you have Type 1 diabetes and your glucose readings are above 15mmols/L. Checking for ketones may be advised by your healthcare professional as part of your diabetes management program. You can test your level of ketones by using urine sticks or blood test strips with a meter that can test for ketones. Not all meters have the ability to test for ketones and you will need separate test strips for ketones to do this. Blood ketone test results Normal blood ketone levels are slightly different from person to person. This table will help you decide if you need to do anything and what you should do. Remember, it is far better to be careful, so if you are not sure contact your diabetes care team straightaway. Blood ketone level What you should do Below 0.6 mmol/L Readings below 0.6 mmol/L are in the normal range. Follow your hea Continue reading >>

Using Ketonix Breath Testing For Nutritional Ketosis Review

Using Ketonix Breath Testing For Nutritional Ketosis Review

If you have been a reader of the site before, you’ll know that I used the concepts from the Bulletproof diet and a lot Bulletproof coffee to help put me into nutritional ketosis and lose a bucket load of weight. That sent me down the should I be checking for ketones, but also thinking well if I’m eating (and drinking) so much saturated fat have I reached and maintained a level of nutritional ketosis? I really wanted to know too as nutritional ketosis (not diabetic ketosis!!) is meant to be the place where your brain is meant to work better. It is also the place where, if you do suffer epileptic seizures, that it helps to reduce the frequency of them. Now I don’t have epilepsy, but I do like the idea I am helping my central nervous system function at a better state. That is another reason why I experiment with and do take various supplements, like unfair advantage, adaptogenic herbs and nootropics for the brain. (more on those to come) Use “BIOHACKER” to get a discount at checkout – valid until the end of July 2017. Blood Vs Breath Ketones Testing I think a lot of people try guess when they have hit the magical place called nutritional ketosis. However, we learnt from ketone researcher Dr Brianna Stubbs interview that the three ways to measure ketone levels are using either blood strips, urine testing strips or breath acetone levels. Measuring acetone levels in your breath is the new kid on the block for testing ketone levels.. Now I think that is awesome not having to prick or finger all the time and also saving on not buying ketone strips from a pharmacy. Why Acetone Breath Levels Are Best Listen to Michel Lundell’s interview on episode 14 of the Biohackers Lab podcast. He explains from his tests why he feels measuring breath acetone levels is better than Continue reading >>

Poor Ketone Levels In Low-carb Diet

Poor Ketone Levels In Low-carb Diet

Hi, I have been looking to buy Ketone test strips in South-Africa, but couldn't find it since they aren't stocked anywhere. I'm on a Ketogenic diet and found a new company that supplies them online and delivers to your doorstep in South-Africa. It is called LIPOstix and can be baught online via www.dietnostix.co.za/lipostix ; each pack includes 30 test strips. Hopefully this helps Regards Reply to Anonymous Ignorance is bliss.. Health24 get someone who knows what they are talking about Reply to Suprised I have lost 20 kgs on Atkins almost three sizes down. It's the most successful diet for me. I know the doc doesn't approve of it as such, but I believe that I would rather stick to a diet I can handle and that works for me, and become thinner, than stay fat and have to worry about the long term effects of obesity. You get the ketone sticks at most chemists. Reply to Another Dieter Hi Loz Are you on the Atkins diet? Where did you buy the test strips to test the ketone levels? How much weight have you lost so far? Reply to Paula The amount of ketones in your urine doesn't correlate to the amount weightloss. If you drink alot of fluids in a day this will change the ketone level reflected in your urine - only because the concentration level is less. If you're in ketosis then you'll be losing weight - don't worry about the ketosis levels as such. In Atkins book he makes it clear that provided the stick is turning slightly purple, then things are on track. Reply to Another Dieter Continue reading >>

The Role Of Point-of-care Blood Testing For Ketones In The Diagnosis Of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

The Role Of Point-of-care Blood Testing For Ketones In The Diagnosis Of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Abstract Background. Urine dipstick testing for ketones is widely used when diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is suspected in patients with hyperglycaemia. If urinary ketones are positive, patients are referred for further management – often inappropriately, as the test is a poor surrogate for plasma ketones. Plasma beta-hydroxybutyrate (β-OHB) levels >3 mmol/L are diagnostic of DKA, while levels <1 mmol/L are insignificant. Objectives. To evaluate a hand-held electrochemical (point-of-care testing; POCT) ketone monitor and compare it with the gold-standard manual enzymatic method (MEM) for detection of plasma ketones. Methods. In a prospective and comparative study, we evaluated the measurement of β-OHB by means of POCT and the MEM in 61 consecutive samples from patients with suspected DKA at Tygerberg and Karl Bremer hospitals, Cape Town, South Africa. Capillary (for POCT) and plasma samples (for the MEM) were obtained simultaneously and compared for accuracy. Precision was assessed with control samples. Results. The POCT method was precise (coefficient of variation <4.5%), and there was a good correlation between the two methods (r=0.95). Regression analysis showed a proportional bias, with POCT reading higher than the MEM. However, when assessed at the relevant medical decision limits (β-OHB >3 mmol/L and <1 mmol/L), the total allowable error (bias + imprecision) was not exceeded. Patients will therefore still be classified correctly. The POCT method had a sensitivity of 100% and specificity of 89% for DKA (β-OHB >3 mmol/L), while at levels <1 mmol/L sensitivity was 100% and specificity 87.5%. Conclusion. The POCT device provides an accurate and precise result and can be used as an alternative to the MEM in the diagnosis of DKA. Authors' affiliations Ankia Coetzee, Continue reading >>

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

With the rise in interest in the n=1 experiment I’ve been blogging about since May 2012 (read my latest updates about it here, here, here and here), so many of you have begun testing your own blood ketones to see how well you are doing in pursuit of reaching that glorious state of “nutritional ketosis.” Attaining blood ketone levels of 0.5-3.0 millimolar is the optimal level for producing an appropriate level of beta-hydroxybutyrate to commence fat-burning and to serve as an excellent alternative fuel source for your brain and body for optimal performance according to what Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek outline so beautifully in their outstanding MUST-HAVE 2012 book The Art & Science Of Low Carbohydrate Performance. If you haven’t already picked up your own copy of this book, then I cannot recommend it highly enough to you as an invaluable resource in your pursuit of living an optimally healthy low-carb lifestyle. As people have been shopping around for their own blood ketone meter, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from readers who have asked me for my recommendation between which of the two major ketone meters they should get to test their blood levels. Is there any difference between the Precision Xtra and NovaMax Plus blood ketone meters? I’ve personally tried both of these meters and have been using the Precision Xtra results to document my n=1 experiment. Let’s take a closer look at the PROS and CONS of each: **Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Meter** PROS: – Accurate and clear blood ketone measuring – Sturdy and strong test strips – More precise than urine ketone testing CONS: – Requires more blood than glucose testing – Test strips can be quite expensive – Not available for purchase in stores **NovaMax Plus Blood Ketone Meter** PROS Continue reading >>

The Benefits Of A Ketogenic Diet And Its Role In Cancer Treatment

The Benefits Of A Ketogenic Diet And Its Role In Cancer Treatment

Could a ketogenic diet eventually be a “standard of care” drug-free treatment for cancer? Personally, I believe it’s absolutely crucial, for whatever type of cancer you’re trying to address, and hopefully some day it will be adopted as a first line of treatment. A ketogenic diet calls for eliminating all but non-starchy vegetable carbohydrates, and replacing them with healthy fats and high-quality protein. The premise is that since cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then lowering the glucose level in your blood though carb and protein restriction literally starves the cancer cells into oblivion. Additionally, low protein intake tends to minimize the mTOR pathway that accelerates cell proliferation. This type of diet, in which you restrict all but non-starchy vegetable carbs and replace them with low to moderate amounts of high-quality protein and high amounts of beneficial fat, is what I recommend for everyone, whether you have cancer or not. It’s a diet that will help optimize your weight and all chronic degenerative disease. Eating this way will help you convert from carb burning mode to fat burning. Dr. Thomas Seyfried is one of the leading pioneer academic researchers in promoting how to treat cancer nutritionally. He’s been teaching neurogenetics and neurochemistry as it relates to cancer treatment at Yale University and Boston College for the past 25 years.He’s written over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and has also published a book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer. Ketogenic Diet Accepted as First Line Approach for Epilepsy; Is Cancer Next? The ketogenic diet has actually been used for managing seizures in children for qu Continue reading >>

Abbott Rebrands Optium Diabetes Testers, Introduces 'no Coding'

Abbott Rebrands Optium Diabetes Testers, Introduces 'no Coding'

Abbott Diabetes Care in South Africa has relaunched its Optium glucose meter, blood glucose and ketone test strips under its global FreeStyle brand, adding a functional 'no coding' enhancement to the product that aims to make the use of the FreeStyle Optium Blood Glucose and Ketone Test Strips - and management of diabetes - that much easier for insulin users. Says Lorraine Bellingham, Commercial Manager Sub Saharan Africa: "For insulin users, regularly checking blood glucose levels and ketones is a way of life. Accuracy is critical but so is ease of use and efficiency. The rebranding has allowed us to deliver a fresh, new, updated design to the South African market but, more importantly, the new design houses an updated product - the new technology into our testing strips eliminates the need for painstaking coding, or calibration, of each batch of new test strips in the meter without compromising our highest standard of accuracy." "This will increase speed and simplicity of use of the blood glucose and ketone test strips, and reduce the possibility of erroneous readings which occur when calibration is omitted. It's just one step less but it's one that makes management of this chronic condition that much easier for people who must sometimes do a blood test four or more times a day." No coding Announced at the recent Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA) Congress, the 'no coding' feature of the Abbott Diabetes Care FreeStyle Optium range is a valuable, functional enhancement that will serve to better differentiate this product range in the local market. The new test strips can also be used with older Optium meters - there is no need to replace or upgrade them. Notes Bellingham: "Thanks to our expertise in strips manufacturing, the new Continue reading >>

Why Ketonix

Why Ketonix

Why Ketonix rather than a urine or blood test for ketones? As always there is a short and a long answer, the short answer is: Ketones are formed by breaking down fatty acids in your liver and can be used instead of glucose. When your body breaks down fat and creates ketones your body is in a state called ketosis. There are many advantages to using fat as energy source instead of sugar (carbohydrates). There are also many reasons for choosing a diet that gets your body into a ketogenic state, some therapeutic uses include the treatment of epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, increased fertility and weight loss. Ketosis is not the same state as ketoacidosis which can occur when a person with diabetes type 1 has a very high blood sugar level combined with a high concentration of ketones. High blood sugar is caused mainly by sugar and carbohydrates, not fat. A ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat and it normalises the blood sugar in your body. Any required glucose in your blood, body can be produced from protein. Being in ketosis can have a huge advantage sports men and women. When your body has adapted to using fat as fuel, the muscles use fat and the brain and heart use ketones. The muscles and brain do not compete to get fuel as can happen when glucose fuelled. We have all seen the result of this competition for glucose, a phenomenon called bonking where athletes often collapsed just before reaching the finish line. Additionally the production of lactic acid is minimized when you muscles are burning fat for fuel. There are three main ketones used by the human body being acetoacetate, acetone and beta-hydroxybutyrate. Acetoacetate, is formed either from the breaking down of fatty acids in the liver or from t Continue reading >>

A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

I just got a new toy: a device for measuring blood ketones. This is a far more exact and reliable measurement than testing for urine ketones using cheap dipsticks. Ketosis is of course the state the body is in when eating very low carb. Ketones, made from fat, will then fuel the brain instead of glucose. So who needs one of these gadgets? Perhaps nobody. Obviously it’s easy to eat LCHF without it. This is for curious nerds (like me) and for those who want definite proof that they are eating so little carbs that insulin levels are low and fat burning is maximized. A ketone level somewhere between 1.5 – 3 is said to be an optimal level for maximizing weight loss. It means that insulin levels are very low. As you can see my first measurement was 0.2, after a caesar sallad dinner. I’m not surprised as I’ve probably eaten at least 50 grams of carbs a day lately. I will try it out fasting in the mornings during the coming days. Perhaps I’ll try being really strict with the carbs for a while to see what happens. Have you tried one of these or are you interested in doing it? Continue reading >>

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