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What Are Ketone Test Strips?

What Are Ketone Test Strips?

When your blood sugar runs high for an extended period of time, your body turns to fat reserves in order to get the energy it needs. The byproduct of this process is ketones, which show up in your blood and urine. Ketones can indicate hyperglycemia, which can be a serious situation if not treated properly. Ketone test strips can help determine the level of ketones in either urine or blood. Testing ketones with a blood-based test strip that you insert in a meter is just like testing your blood sugar. Testing with a urine strip means you either collect a small sample of urine or urinate directly onto the strip. Though testing with blood might be more accurate, it is also much more expensive. That's why so many of those with diabetes chose to go with urine ketone test strips. Understanding ketone test strip results Urine ketone test strips are looking for acetoacetic acid in the urine. This acid reacts with nitroprusside, a chemical in the strip, to produce a color. This color corresponds with a chart that comes packaged along with your test strips, usually on the outside of the vial. Typically, the results include negative, trace, moderate or large ketones. Negative ketones are a good sign. Trace ketones mean you should treat your high blood sugar as you normally would. Moderate or large ketones mean that your blood sugar has been too high for a while. Take the test a second time to confirm, then give your doctor a call. Options for ketone test strips When choosing urine ketone test strips, keep in mind how often you will use them. Test strips in a vial must be used before the expiration date, which is typically within six months after opening the package. Test strips that are individually packaged in foil cost a bit more, but will last much longer than those in a vial. I Continue reading >>

Kicked Out Of Ketosis? The Dirty Little Secret About Ketone Testing Strips

Kicked Out Of Ketosis? The Dirty Little Secret About Ketone Testing Strips

[Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I might receive a small commission if you purchase something by using one of those links.] Confused about how ketone testing strips actually work? Do you think you've been kicked out of ketosis because they suddenly turned tan? Many low-carb dieters have misconceptions about Ketostix and blood ketone levels, so in this post, we are going to clear out some of those myths and misunderstandings. You'll get the truth about testing strips and learn what really causes those high blood ketone levels. If you hang out at low-carb forums for any length of time, you're bound to hear again and again how someone recently got kicked out of the state of ketosis, and they are looking for a fast way to get back in. Out of all of the issues that you can have with a low-carb lifestyle, understanding ketone testing strips is one of the biggies. “I got kicked out of ketosis,” is one of the most common complaints I hear. And while that may or may not be true, depending on the situation, there are a lot of misconceptions about the role that ketones and ketone testing strips play in a low-carb diet. Even those who are using a blood meter often go by the rumors circulating around the web instead of listening to Dr. Phinney himself. For example: One of the misconceptions I've run into over the years is the idea that ketones are used to fuel the entire body. This is only true at the very beginning of your low-carb diet. When the body first runs out of glucose, the body runs on protein and ketones, but as carbohydrate restriction continues past those first few days, your body goes through a series of steps, or adaptions, that eventually result in muscle insulin resistance. This resistance to the presence of insulin allows the ketones buildin Continue reading >>

Urine Testing Stix

Urine Testing Stix

Human and animal diabetics both use ketostix or ketodiastix. These are reagent indicator strips that test urine for only ketone (ketostix) or for both ketones and glucose (ketodiastix). These links show examples of Ketostix[1] and Ketodiastix[2]. These stix are available at any brick-and-mortar or Internet pharmacy that sells human diabetic supplies. Stix do expire, so check the unopened expiration date when you buy them and record the date you open them. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use; prolonged exposure to air can produce false negative urine ketone test results[3]. If the foil-wrapped Ketostix, rather than the ones in vials are purchased, you may find it less wasteful. After the bottle is opened, the remaining unused strips have only a 6 months' life. By using the foil-wrapped ones, you can extend the "life" of your purchase. The singly-wrapped ones can have a unopened expiration date of up to two years. You are then only using what you need when you need it, having the rest still sealed and potent until the indicated expiration date[4]. You should test your pet's urine for ketones for the reasons discussed at ketones. You may test your pet's urine for glucose because (1) you've been instructed to do so by the vet as a method of gauging regulation, (2) your pet is undiagnosed and you want to determine whether there is hyperglycemia, or (3) your cat is in remission and you want to determine whether there is hyperglycemia. Some reasons for preferring testing glucose levels by using blood over urine testing is that the urine used in testing may have been in the bladder for hours. Because of this, it may not be a reliable indicator of what systemic glucose levels are at the time of testing[5]. What's seen when testing urine for glucose is an average of wh Continue reading >>

How To Prüv Your Body Contains Ketones

How To Prüv Your Body Contains Ketones

There are a lot of products out there that make some incredible claims. Many of them truly are great products, but very few (if any) actually have a way to prüv they do what they say they do. KETO-OS can prüv it. Here’s how in just under one hour. Step 1: Get a Ketone Test Strip These are Available from most pharmacies for less than $10 a set. Step 2: Consume 1 serving of KETO-OS Step 3: Use Ketone Strip 45 – 60 minutes later *Make sure you take a ‘Before’ photo, so you can compare your results. How do Ketone Test Strips Work? Ketone urine-testing strips are small plastic strips that have a little absorptive pad on the end. The pad contains a special chemical that will change color if ketones are present in the urine. The strips may change varying shades of pink to purple, or may not change color at all. Most containers have a scale on the label, with blocks of color for you to compare the strip after a certain time lapse, usually 15 seconds. Most people simply hold a strip in the flow of urine. However, this can sometimes “wash” some of the chemical away. So, some experts advise that a sample of urine be obtained in a cup or other container, then the strip dipped into it. Keep Pay attention to the expiration date. Ketone test strips can be purchased at any pharmacy, and are usually kept with the diabetic supplies. Continue reading >>

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Update: A lot of our readers ask us where can they find the best deals for test strips. We personally recommend Amazon. You can check the list of selections they offer by clicking here. Blood glucose test strips play a crucial role in helping you to monitor your daily blood glucose level and giving your doctor the data to adjust your medication to control your diabetes symptoms. Without the help from these little disposable strips, life with diabetes can become even more chaotic than ever. But what exactly are these thin little plastic slip and why are they so expensive? Are there any alternative method I can use? Where can I get the best deal on these test strips? This article will answer many of your questions and concerns regarding these blood glucose test strips: Table of Contents History on Glucose Test Strips How Does the Test Strips Work Why Are the Strips So Expensive? And Why the Price Discrepancy? Why Must Diabetic Patients Use Glucometer and Test Strip? How Often Should You Administer A Blood Glucose Test? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? How Accurate Are the Test Strips? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? What is a Urine Glucose Test? Can’t I Use This Procedure Instead? Expiration of Test Strips Medicare Plan B Coverage for Glucose Test Strips Where to Get the Best Deal on Test Strips? Ways to Save of Test Strips How to Avoid Counterfeit Blood Glucose Test Strips Can You Reuse Test Strips? Can You Make Your Own Test Strip? 4 Most Affordable Meters How to Pick the Right Glucometer? How to Dispose Used Test Strips, Lancets, and Needles? What to Do with All These Test Strip Containers? Selling Your Glucose Test Strips A Good Idea? Odd Way to Earn Some Money Back Questions? History on Glucose Test Strips The first glucomet Continue reading >>

59 Minute Test

59 Minute Test

You Can Prüv Your Body Contains Ketones GET A KETONE STRIP TEST Available from most pharmacies. Click here to search Google. Consume 1 serving of keto-os USE KETONE STRIP 45 – 60 minutES later *Make sure you take a ‘Before’ photo, so you can compare your results. SHARE your results on our facebook page GO TO FACEBOOK HOW DO THE KETONE TEST STRIPS WORK, AND WHERE CAN I GET THEM? Ketone urine-testing strips, also called Ketostix or just ketone sticks … are small plastic strips that have a little absorptive pad on the end. This contains a special chemical that will change color in the presence of ketones in the urine. The strips may change varying shades of pink to purple, or may not change color at all. The container will have a scale on the label, with blocks of color for you to compare the strip after a certain time lapse, usually 15 seconds. Most folks simply hold a strip in the flow of urine. However, the force of the flow can “wash” some of the chemical away, experts advise that a sample of urine be obtained in a cup or other container, then the strip dipped into it. The chemical reagent is very sensitive to moisture, including what’s in the air. It’s important to keep the lid of the container tightly closed at all times, except for when you’re getting a strip to take a reading. Make sure your fingers are dry before you go digging in! They also have an expiry date, so make note of this when you purchase the strips … that’s for the UNopened package. Once opened, they have a shelf-life of about 6 months — you may wish to write the date you opened on the label for future reference. Ketone test strips can be purchased at any pharmacy, and are usually kept with the diabetic supplies. In some stores they’re kept behind the counter, so if you don Continue reading >>

It’s A Date

It’s A Date

Oops. Our blood ketone strips expired last September. Just last week, I noticed that (all summer long) I’ve been enjoying string cheese from a warehouse club-sized package that expired in June. A friend told me that in the back of her fridge she’d found a stalk of lemongrass that she believed was three years old. And it looked like it still had potential. Back to the ketone strips: we almost never test for ketones. The last time I tested for ketones I’m pretty sure was in 2012. I know the school nurse checks whenever Bubs is over 250 mg/dL. We don’t follow that honor code at home. But today Bubs was high after an afternoon of swimming. Weird. That’s never happened before. High and double arrows up. I attributed this to he must have been out of his pump for too long and/or had weird snacks. He entered a correction. An hour later he was almost 400 with double-ups. I checked the site and everything looked perfect. On closer inspection, I saw it: the King Neptune trident-looking bit had not been clipped in all the way. Fern. I need to test for ketones! That’s when I discovered we had only the expired blood ketone strips and a plastic bottle of the pee ones that had been opened last fall. The jig will be up if Bubs starts puking and I contact the doctor on call and she asks me if he has ketones. That would be embarrassing. Also dangerous to Bubs’s health. And embarrassing. The pharmacy is currently closed, says the CVS phone robot. I will get refills tomorrow. Continue reading >>

Decided To Buy Ketone Testing Strips Today And I Used One Already

Decided To Buy Ketone Testing Strips Today And I Used One Already

Tweet When we hear someone talking about peeing on a strip and watching it change color, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is a home pregnancy test. That is of course, unless the person is a diabetic and they’re talking about ketone test strips. During our once a month trip to Costco today, when I stopped by the pharmacy for sugar tabs and lancets, my wife reminded me that I should see if I can buy ketone testing strips. I knew that they were available over the counter, because my mom bought a box for me back when I was first diagnosed in 2004. I can’t remember for sure if I ever tested for ketones or not before the strips expired. I should have picked up another box to have on hand, but since my blood sugar went low much more than it went dangerously high, I figured it wasn’t necessary (even though I still should have bought a box just in case). However, now that I have started using an insulin pump, I’ve come to learn that ketone test strips are even more important to have with my arsenal of diabetic supplies. “I think I see them on the shelf,” my wife said as she pointed to a box labeled Ketostix that had a Bayer logo on the side. When we got to the front of the line we asked the pharmacy technician if they were in fact what we were looking for. She pulled down 3 different boxes. The first two boxes of Ketostix contained the basic ketone test strips, only one box was bigger than the other. The strips in the third box tested blood glucose levels in addition to testing for ketones. I’m not exactly sure how that works, but since I already have blood glucose testing supplies, I opted for the smaller box of basic ketone testing strips. I chose the smaller box because I was hoping that I would hardly ever need to use them, especially not on Continue reading >>

Is It Ok To Use Expired Diabetes Test Strips

Is It Ok To Use Expired Diabetes Test Strips

I have been a diabetic all my life and I wanted to share this information. I have completed alot of research on diabetes and diabetic testing. I have been associated with alot of doctors and have also had the joy of being associated with an individual who was involved in the actual testing of diabetic test strips at a research center. The following information was shared with me by these individuals and I would like to share it with you. Diabetic test strips do have an expiration date printed on them but that is not the actual expire date. There ia an additional six months of life after the expire date as long as the strips are still in the unopened vial and stored in a dry,cool shaded area. This extra cushion was added to the expire date to prevent us diabetics from testing with a strip a few days old resulting in a bad reading. In my research I could not find any indication that it is illegal for an individual to test with, buy or sell expired strips.This would also indicate that it should be up to the diabetic if they wanted to use them, up to the seller if they wanted to sell them or the buyer if they wanted to buy them. I have done my on test with expired strips and in date strips and recieved the same reading from both so I feel comfortable with using them. With the research and the conversations, I can understand why someone would buy expired strips. This helps those who have low income, no medical coverage or benefit from the low cost. I have seen the price of the in date strips on ebay climbing more and more and this is a concern. I understand someone wanting to make some extra money but I do not agree with making a killing off of someone elses misfortune nor do I agree with someone bidding on they're own strips or having someone do this for them just to get th Continue reading >>

Why You Need To Stop Worrying About The Color Of Your Ketostix

Why You Need To Stop Worrying About The Color Of Your Ketostix

Yeah, I know you like to use them, but there are so many misconceptions about what they are telling you, that I need to intervene and make sure you get it. But before I go there, let me urge you to just buy The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, and read pages 164-165. Phinney and Volek have the best description of this that has probably ever been written, and you should really just read it from them. If I could copy these pages verbatim and paste it here, I would. Seriously, it’s only a few bucks and it’s quite literally the book you want to own if you’re interested in low carb ketogenic diets. OK, while you wait for your book to arrive, let’s dig in… What ketostix measure First off, we need to understand what ketostix actually measure, and more importantly, what they don’t. Generally speaking, ketostix measure excess ketones in your urine. They are considered excess, because they are removed from your serum and shunted to your urine by your kidneys. Their caloric content is thereby wasted. Of the three types of ketones (acetate, acetoacetate, and beta-hydroxybutyrate) produced by your body, ketostix only measure acetoacetate. This is extremely important to understand, because it turns out that your body produces different quantities of these different types of ketones depending on how long you’ve been in ketosis. If you’ve been in ketosis for a while, you’re going to see a reduction in the “intensity” of what you register on your ketostix for two reasons: A change in the relative volume of the ketones produced/present in your body A reduction in the volume of ketones in your urine as your kidneys reduce the amount they secrete Both of these are covered below. Changes in the types of ketones you produce When you first start your ketogenic Continue reading >>

Whether Your Ketostix Show Light Pink, Purple Or Beige, It Has No Bearing On Your Low-carb Diet

Whether Your Ketostix Show Light Pink, Purple Or Beige, It Has No Bearing On Your Low-carb Diet

One of the most interesting tools we have at our disposal when we start livin’ la vida low-carb to let us know whether we are doing it right or not is a testing strip that measures ketone levels called Ketostix (there are other brand names for ketone sticks, but this one from Bayer is the most common). Basically, here’s how it works: you can check your urine on this testing strip to see how many ketone bodies you are excreting out of your body. Ketones are present when you are in ketosis which is instigated when you keep your carbohydrates at a ketogenic level (usually under 50g carbs daily). I recently asked a group of low-carb experts the following question–“Is Ketosis Necessary On A Low-Carb Diet?” That seems to be a “well duh” kind of question which is why we use things like Ketostix to see whether we are in ketosis or not. But where people seem to get most confused is with the color of the testing strip. If it’s light pink, then I must be doing something wrong. My Ketostix need to be dark purple if I am experiencing “deep” ketosis, right? I get these kind of questions every single week and they miss the point of the testing strips. In Episode 47 of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube,” Christine and I seek to better explain the purpose of Ketostix by telling you what they are for, what the various colors actually mean, why showing no ketones on these strips may not be a bad thing, and how you can virtually guarantee your body is in ketosis. I’m astonished by how many people are still so concerned about the results of their Ketostix, but hopefully this video will clear up some of the miscommunication. Find out all you need to know about Ketostix in today’s video: Noted biochemistry professor Dr. Richard Feinman from SUNY Downstate in Br Continue reading >>

I Have 7 Boxes Of These Ketone Strips That Expire 10/31/#### And 10 Boxes Of These Text Strips That Expire 10/####. Just Wondering If Someone Doesn't Have Insurance Coverage And Wants Them Free?

I Have 7 Boxes Of These Ketone Strips That Expire 10/31/#### And 10 Boxes Of These Text Strips That Expire 10/####. Just Wondering If Someone Doesn't Have Insurance Coverage And Wants Them Free?

I have 7 boxes of these ketone strips that expire 10/31/#### and 10 boxes of these text strips that expire 10/####. Just wondering if someone doesn't have insurance coverage and wants them free? Submit Continue reading >>

Should You Use Expired Diabetes Test Strips?

Should You Use Expired Diabetes Test Strips?

If you have diabetes, you are probably familiar with the handy little strips you use to test your blood glucose levels. However, do you pay attention to their expiration dates and should you use expired strips? First, you must know the material they are made of in order to understand their expiration. The strips are made of plastic but coated with the enzymes glucose dehydrogenase or glucose oxidase. They are proteins made by living organism cells which do break down over time. The enzyme from the strip reacts with the blood’s glucose and converts it into an electrical current which enables the glucose meter to show the glucose concentration. So, since strips have parts of living organisms, they do expire. Factors That Affect the Expiration Date of Diabetes Test Strips Even though there’s a scheduled expiration date on diabetes test strips, you should know the factors that affect it, which include: The use of different enzymes – some companies use a less stable enzyme with a better accuracy. Others use less accurate enzymes with longer-term storage. And third, might use the cheapest alternative. Storage – the place where you keep your diabetes test strips affects their expiration date. Keeping them at a too low or high temperature could alter their performance. Humidity and exposure to air are another factors that affect their expiration. Also, make sure they nothing damages them. How much time has passed since they have expired The Accuracy of Expiration Dates If the expiration date says the strips will last until December 1st, does it mean they will give an accurate result the day before, and a wrong one the day after? Well, the reality is there’s no such accuracy that can tell the exact day the strips will expire. In fact, most manufacturers set the bar a b Continue reading >>

Defining Ketones And The Ketogenic Diet

Defining Ketones And The Ketogenic Diet

What are ketones? Ketones occur when the body can no longer break down any carbohydrate, so it needs to use its stored fat to help. They are small molecules made primarily of acetone that can be dangerous if ignored. Why do we check for ketones? Ketones are especially dangerous for those of us living with type 1 diabetes because it means there is little to no insulin in our blood cells and these ketones end up pouring in to our urine and can affect our kidneys. For those of us who use an insulin pump with only short or rapid-acting insulin, if our pump malfunctions and we are sleeping, our body can form ketones more easily because we do not have any long-acting insulin on board to back us up. How do we check for ketones? Ketones can be checked in two different ways. Urine testing and using a blood meter. Ketone urine strips come in a bottle and are available from your diabetes doctor. Within 60 seconds or less, you’ll be able to see whether or not you have ketones in your body based on the color-coded strip usually on the bottle or box. Just keep in mind that like your vial of insulin, the ketone strips do expire. Blood ketone testing is done similarly to a blood glucose fingerstick except the number read will determine the level of ketones in your blood. This too is available via prescription from your doctor. Regardless of your preferred method of ketone testing, make sure you have a plan in place with your healthcare team about ketones and how to handle them. For me personally, I can physically tell when I have ketones, but I remember attending summer camp as a child, and every time my blood sugar was above 240 mg/dl having to make the trek to the infirmary and wait for the “pee lady” to tell me whether I had them or not. If I did, I had drag around a gallon of Continue reading >>

Is It Ok To Use Expired Diabetes Test Strips

Is It Ok To Use Expired Diabetes Test Strips

I have been a diabetic all my life and I wanted to share this information. I have completed alot of research on diabetes and diabetic testing. I have been associated with alot of doctors and have also had the joy of being associated with an individual who was involved in the actual testing of diabetic test strips at a research center. The following information was shared with me by these individuals and I would like to share it with you. Diabetic test strips do have an expiration date printed on them but that is not the actual expire date. There ia an additional six months of life after the expire date as long as the strips are still in the unopened vial and stored in a dry,cool shaded area. This extra cushion was added to the expire date to prevent us diabetics from testing with a strip a few days old resulting in a bad reading. In my research I could not find any indication that it is illegal for an individual to test with, buy or sell expired strips.This would also indicate that it should be up to the diabetic if they wanted to use them, up to the seller if they wanted to sell them or the buyer if they wanted to buy them. I have done my on test with expired strips and in date strips and recieved the same reading from both so I feel comfortable with using them. With the research and the conversations, I can understand why someone would buy expired strips. This helps those who have low income, no medical coverage or benefit from the low cost. I have seen the price of the in date strips on ebay climbing more and more and this is a concern. I understand someone wanting to make some extra money but I do not agree with making a killing off of someone elses misfortune nor do I agree with someone bidding on they're own strips or having someone do this for them just to get th Continue reading >>

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