How Long Did It Take Ketostix To Start Working For You? Did They Work Well For You? Do You Still Use Them Regularly?
I recently bought some ketone detecting strips. (This brand.) I'm toying with using them regularly as an accountability tool in keeping my carbs low. I'd like to hear more about folks' use of Ketostix or other ketone detecting strips. My main points of curiosity: 1 Worst Carb After Age 50 If you're over 50 and you eat this carb, you will never lose belly fat. HealthPlus50 Do you have a favorite/least favorite brand? Where did you find the best deal? Did you need to eat zero-carb or just low-carb to see the strips change? How many hours/days of low- or zero-carb eating did it take for the strips to start changing? How many grams of carbs have you eaten in the past which resulted in the ketone detecting strips reversing color (indicating that you're out of ketosis)? Do you use them only occasionally or all the time? If all the time, do you test multiple times daily? In other words, do Ketostix (or ketone detecting strips) work for you, and if so, how do you put them to work for you? Continue reading >>
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 >>
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 >>
Jimmy Moore’s N=1 Experiments: Nutritional Ketosis Day 1-30
Before I went on the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise last month, I started reading a book that my low-carb research friends Dr. Jeff Volek and Dr. Steve Phinney had written as a follow-up to their fantastic 2011 release The Art And Science of Low Carbohydrate Living (listen to my interview with Dr. Phinney about this book in Episode 479 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”). The sequel is called The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Performance and was written specifically to share the latest science behind ketogenic diets for athletes who are keenly interested in optimizing their exercise performance with fat and ketones serving as their body’s primary fuel source once they reach what Dr. Phinney refers to as “keto-adaptation.” But the information these low-carb stalwarts provide in this handy dandy little book goes much deeper than that as you will read about in this blog post. Most low-carbers have traditionally been using urine ketone sticks under the brand name Ketostix to measure their level of ketones being produced by color (from pink to dark purple) as a result of their low-carb diet. But as I previously shared in this YouTube video, this can be a frustratingly inaccurate way of measuring whether you are producing enough ketones in your blood to see the kind of results you are hoping for on your low-carb lifestyle change. But thanks to the cutting-edge information provided by Volek and Phinney in The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Performance, we now have a new and better way to measure the actual ketones that are in your blood which determines whether you have become keto-adapted and burning fat and ketones for fuel. They refer to getting into this state as “nutritional ketosis” to obviously distinguish it from ketoacidosis which is only an issue Continue reading >>
What Is Ketosis?
Most people have heard they should eat a low-carb diet for weight loss and/or better health, but the word “ketosis” might have some tilting their heads in confusion wondering what’s so special about this funny term. Don’t worry; we’ve got all the details you need to understand the process of ketosis in the body — and more importantly, how you can implement it in your own life! Before you can fully understand ketosis, let’s cover some simple facts about the body and energy. The primary source of energy in the body — which normally fuels every function of the body, from brain cognition to athletic performance — is glucose. You typically get glucose from your diet by eating carbohydrates like: sugar bread grains Beans and legumes fruit starchy vegetables These carbs either turn immediately into glucose in the body or are stored as glycogen in the body to be used as glucose later. However, sometimes the body will have a low supply of glucose, also known as blood sugar. This could be because a person is eating a low-carb diet. When there is no longer enough glucose for the body to use, it turns to an alternative source of energy: your fat stores. It takes the fat stores and the liver breaks them down to make glucose. And when this happens, elements known as ketones are formed as a byproduct of the process. There are three main types of ketone bodies that form in your body during when this happens: Acetate Acetoacetate Beta-hydroxybutryate (BHB) Once ketones are formed, your body can use them as alternative fuel. KETOSIS FOR WEIGHT LOSS Probably the most widely talked about use for ketosis right now is utilizing it for weight loss. In fact, the ketogenic diet is built around creating ketosis in the body. There are several benefits you can experience when you Continue reading >>
Diabetic Test Strips & Lancets
List of Contracted Diabetic Test Strips and Lancets This spreadsheet contains contracted diabetic test strips and lancets eligible for reimbursement for Medi-Cal fee-for-service recipients billable by pharmacy providers via NCPDP claims processing only. Refer to the Medical Supplies section of the provider manual for coverage criteria, quantity limits and additional billing information. This spreadsheet is subject to change with notification in the provider bulletins. Updates or additions to the spreadsheet will be bolded. Deletions from the spreadsheet will have strikethroughs. 'MAPC' (maximum allowable product cost) is the price on file. The manufacturers have guaranteed, upon request, a maximum acquistion cost for the contracted products to Medi-Cal providers for dispensing to eligible Fee-For-Service Medi-Cal recipeints at or below the MAPC. Unit of Measure (UOM) equals each strip or lancet. To receive reimbursement, the product number (an 11-digit number also referred to as UPN or NDC) on each package (box) dispensed must be an exact match to a billing code in this spreadsheet and the billing code on the claim. Product Type Product Description Billing Code Manufacturer MAPC Effective Date Publication Date Blood Glucose Test Strips ACCUCHEK AVIVA PLUS TEST STRIPS BOX 100 65702040810 Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. 1.0977 Prior to 2/16/2015 April 2016 Blood Glucose Test Strips ACCUCHEK AVIVA PLUS TEST STRIPS BOX 50 65702040710 Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. 1.0977 Prior to 2/16/2015 April 2016 Blood Glucose Test Strips ACCUCHEK COMPACT STRIPS BOX 102 50924088401 Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. 1.1044 Prior to 2/16/2015 April 2016 Blood Glucose Test Strips ACCUCHEK COMPACT STRIPS BOX 51 50924098850 Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. 1.1044 Prior to 2/16/2015 April 2016 Blood Glucose Test Strip Continue reading >>
How To Test For Ketosis
There are a few different ways I’ve learned on How to Test for Ketosis. This becomes extremely important when you are doing the Ketogenic Diet. The Ketogenic diet (Keto diet) has switched your body from using glucose as fuel to burning fat. When you restrict carbohydrates, your body generates ketones and metabolizes fat. You basically become a fat burning machine! I’m not so good at explaining the science behind how this diet works so that’s a very top level way of thinking about it. I can tell you that it works and it makes you feel great! When you start this Keto diet, you are learning which foods you can have and which foods you need to limit or restrict altogether. I remember back when I first started this way of life, I relied heavily on testing for Ketosis so I could tell which foods kicked me out of Ketosis. There are a few different ways you can test Ketones in your body. Ketones are detectable in your breath, urine, and blood. There are a few different devices you can use to test your Ketone levels. Test Ketones in Urine When I started the Keto diet, I started testing my ketone levels with Ketone urine strips. They are fairly inexpensive and you can get them almost anywhere. I have found I can order Ketone Urine test strips on Amazon for way cheaper than getting them local in a store. (thank you, Amazon Prime!) This is what I used in the first 3 months of this diet to aid me in the learning process. After you become fat-adapted, these strips may not be useful to you as they may not be able to give you a positive reading. This was the reason I stopped using them after 3 months. One thing to note, if you are dehydrated (which I was often in the beginning) it will show a deep level of ketones in your urine. I found this to be a false reading for me once I re Continue reading >>
Urine Glucose Testing
General concept Accuracy Limitations of urine test strips Barney's example (potentially fatal mistake) A little humor How urine glucose testing works Many vets recommend urine glucose testing as a method of monitoring your pet's diabetes at home. It is simple and inexpensive. But it has some serious limitations that must be understood and taken into consideration. Urine glucose testing is based on the fact that excessive amounts of glucose in the blood will be filtered by the kidneys into the urine. Once the amount of glucose in the blood exceeds the renal threshold (180 mg/dL) , glucose is spilled into the urine. The renal threshold is the level at the kidneys can not "process" any more blood glucose and it spills into the urine. If the blood glucose is high for an extended period of time, glucose is usually present in the urine. The amount of glucose present in the urine depends on how high the blood glucose was, and how long the blood glucose was high. Urine glucose test strips like the pictures shown below are used. The test strip has a little test area at the end that is dipped into urine or held in the urine stream. After a certain amount of time, the color of the test area is compared to a reference color chart. Bayer makes several types of urine tests strips. Diastix and Clinistix test only for urine glucose. Keto-Diastix test for both glucose and ketones. The Diastix have more "levels" of glucose measurement than the Clinistix. Follow the instructions that come with your test strips, and use the reference color chart on the bottle or box. The picture shown below is just an example - the colors are NOT to be used to compare your urine test strip. The color chart tells you approximately how much glucose has spilled into your pet's urine. Note: Different test stri Continue reading >>