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When To Worry About Ketones

“Your blood sugar is over 250. We’ll have to test for ketones, just to make sure you’re not spilling any.” The nurse stuck a label featuring my name and date of birth onto a plastic cup. “The bathroom is down the hall and to the right,” she said. By now, I was familiar with the drill, having experienced it a handful of times in the past: Provide urine sample to endocrinologist and keep my fingers crossed that it’s negative. Fortunately, it was—no ketones spilled. Though we often toss the word ketones around when we talk about diabetes, there tends to be confusion about what ketones are and when they’re dangerous. What are ketones? Ketone bodies are produced by the liver and are byproducts of fat metabolism. They occur when muscles in the body (which normally uses glucose as fuel) begin to use fat instead. This can happen when a person restricts carbohydrates (i.e., following a ketogenic diet—see below), eats too little, or feels ill. Simply put, ketones are markers of fat burning in the body. People with diabetes need to be concerned about ketones, though, because they can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. The presence of ketones makes the blood acidic Continue reading >>

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  1. DrewChan

    Im just doing usual pork chops beans and gemsquash - with some protein shake to top it off

  2. DJ...

    So my first cup of coffee in months is a cup of butter coffee, no sugar.
    It is delicious...

  3. SlinkyMike

    Originally Posted by DJ...
    So my first cup of coffee in months is a cup of butter coffee, no sugar.
    It is delicious... If the milk is stretched correctly then lactose is broken down to glucose during that process. There is also the issue of texture and how the tongue is coated by the milk...
    Bottom line though: This is why a properly prepared sugar free flat white should have a sweetness to it.

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