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Ketone Blood Test Strips South Africa

756 September 2015, Vol. 105, No. 9

756 September 2015, Vol. 105, No. 9

RESEARCH Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a common and severe acute complication of diabetes mellitus. The annual incidence is 46 - 50 episodes per 10 000 diabetic patients. DKA accounts for 14% of hospital admissions of diabetic patients and 10% of all deaths from diabetes in the Western world.[1] In sub-Saharan Africa the picture is bleaker, with mortality rates up to 30%.[2] It has been estimated that the annual cost of treating DKA in the USA exceeds 1 billion USD[3] and that the average cost per DKA episode is USD6 500 - 7 500. This represented 25% of the total spent on the healthcare of patients with type 1 diabetes in 2010.[4] No published costing data are available from South Africa (SA). When significant hyperglycaemia occurs, it is important to know whether it is accompanied by ketosis or ketoacidosis. High- risk patients should be identified early, so that timely measures can be taken to prevent the significant morbidity and mortality associated with DKA. Ketone measurement allows the clinician to distinguish accurately between simple hyperglycaemia and metabolic decompensation with ketoacidosis, thus speeding up referral and management of patients with suspected DKA, when appropriate. Urine dipstick testing for ketones (Ketostix) is the screening test currently widely used in our drainage area when DKA is suspected in patients with hyperglycaemia. It is used as a ‘surrogate’ because serum ketone and blood gas pH measurements are not readily available in most state health centres. However, the dipstick method has limitations. The test is based on the nitroprusside reaction, which gives a semiquantitative measurement of acetoacetate. It reacts weakly with acetone, but does not measure beta-hydroxybutyrate (β-OHB), and may give false-negative re Continue reading >>

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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Trueresult®go Back

Trueresult®go Back

Diabetes Care Nipro Diagnostics develops affordable, easy to use and high quality diabetes monitoring solutions. Our TRUEportfolio includes blood glucose meters, test strips, glucose products, sterile- and safety lancets, lancing devices and insulin syringes*. All products deliver a high level of accuracy, precision, safety and performance that is equal or superior to leading systems in the market. Today we have become the leading supplier to retailers in the USA and to a growing international audience. Please also visit our www.nipro-diagnostics.eu website for more information on our diabetic product offering. * More information on our insulin syringes can be found in our Hospital Products Portfolio 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 >>

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 >>

When To Worry About Ketones

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 and can result in an illness known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when blood sugar levels are very high. DKA can be caused by not getting enough insulin, and it may occur prior to a diagnosis of type one diabetes. DKA symptoms of concern include a dry mouth, blood sugar levels greater than 240 mg/dL, strong thirst, and frequent urination. Without treatment, these symptoms can worsen into confusion, extreme fatigue, flushed skin, fruity-smelling breath, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and difficulty breathing. The most serious effects include swelling in the brain, loss of conscio Continue reading >>

Urine Ketones

Urine Ketones

Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for fuel. Normally these ketones will be completely broken down (metabolised) so that there are very few ketones in the urine. If for any reason the body cannot get enough glucose for energy it will switch to using body fats, causing an increase in ketones in the body. This results in more ketones present in the urine. What are ketones? Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for energy. Normally, your body gets the energy it needs from carbohydrate in your diet. But stored fat is broken down and ketones are made if your diet does not contain enough carbohydrate to supply the body with sugar (glucose) for energy or if your body can't use blood sugar (glucose) properly. Ketones are usually formed in the liver and are broken down so that very small amounts of ketones appear in the urine. However, when carbohydrates are unavailable (for example, in starvation) or can't to be used as an energy source (for example, in diabetes), fat becomes the main source of energy and large amounts of ketones are made. Therefore, higher levels of ketones in the urine indicate that the body is using fat as the major source of energy. High levels of ketones in your body can cause tummy (abdominal) pain, feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea. The ketones that most often appear in the urine when fats are burned for energy are called acetoacetate and beta-hydroxybutyric acid. What are the causes of ketones in the urine? The causes of high levels of ketones and therefore ketones in your urine include: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Starvation: not eating for prolonged periods (for example, 12 to 18 hours). Ketogenic diet (high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet). This can cause an increase in body ketones but much less than DKA and not Continue reading >>

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At Last: Nutritional Ketosis

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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 >>

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Screening Tests

Screening Tests

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