Quality Of Urine Ketone Test Strips: Name Brand Vs. Store Brand
I've been using urine ketone test strips for the past month to make sure I'm maintaining a state of nutritional ketosis. I started off with the Walgreen's store brand test strips, 100 strips for $17. I ran out of my Walgreen's test strips and figured I could replenish my supply at the UCLA Medical Center Pharmacy today. They only carried the popular Bayer Brand Ketostix and the cost was double what I paid for at Walgreen's; it was $18 for 50 test strips. This got me wondering if there is a difference in quality between the two brands, so I did a little research. I performed a scholarly article search on UCLA's public library WiFi and searched the following terms and phrases: Brand comparison for urine ketone test strips Accuracy of urine ketone test strips Quality of urine ketone test strips Inconsistent results for urine ketone test strips Ketostix vs. Generic ...and I found nothing. My next step was to perform a regular online Google search using the same search phrases. I found a low-carb forum thread that put out the question if all strips were equal BUT there weren't any substantial replies. Then I did what any other smart researcher would do and compared store and Amazon.com reviews to see what consumers thought about them. I looked at the Bayer Ketostix reviews on Amazon.com and the lowest review was a 3/5 star rating where the consumer was satisfied with the product but complained that her local drug stores didn't carry the Bayer brand. Such a review makes me think that the Ketostix are pretty legit. I looked at the reviews for the Walgreen's brand strips on their own store site. The lowest rating was 1/5 stars and it was because the consumer compared the results of both strips on the same sample of urine (Ketostix vs. Walgreen's store brand). The store brand st 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 >>
Ketostix: What Are Ketostix And How Do I Use Them?
If you’ve been reading up on keto dieting for a while, you’ve no doubt come across people talking about Ketostix (sometimes improperly spelled as ketosticks or keto sticks). What are ketostix? Why do you need them? We answer all that and more in our complete guide to Ketostix and ketone urinalysis testing. What are Ketostix? Simply put, Ketostix are small, thin plastic strips with a small reagent area on them. When Ketostix are dipped in urine (or passed through a stream of urine), the reagent area changes color to indicate the amount of ketones that are present in your urine. This is an important indicator for those on ketogenic diets because it lets us know that our body has adapted to ketosis and we are doing the diet right. Do I need to buy Ketostix? Yes and no. Ketostix serve two very important functions for ketogenic dieters: Troubleshooting: Beginners find Ketostix useful because it is an indicator that they are doing the ketogenic diet correctly and have indeed limited their carbohydrate consumption sufficiently to force the body into ketosis, thereby starting the process of burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. More advanced keto dieters use the strips to help figure out exactly how many carbohydrates they can eat before they are kicked out of ketosis. It can also help determine how different foods affect one’s ability to stay in ketosis. For example, some people’s bodies can handle sugar alcohols without having trouble staying in ketosis, and Ketostix can help diagnose this. Psychological Motivation: Quite simply, it feels great seeing Ketostix turn purple. It’s a little bit of positive reinforcement that those of us on keto diets sometimes require to keep us motivated. It might seem stupid to some, but committing to a ketogenic diet is no 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 >>
Cheapest Diabetic Test Strips Available Here!
Manufacturers of diabetic test strips are always seeking new ways to enhance their glucose monitoring systems to gain more share of the market. While brand test strips are continually adopting new features, the competition is at its highest. You would think the price of diabetic test strips would drop in such a competitive environment but the reality is proving otherwise. The cost of glucose test strips have have recently increased as some of the biggest manufacturers such as Roche or OneTouch raised their prices by almost 10% just this last month. The cost of diabetic test strips continues to rise as more individuals are diagnosed with diabetes. According to American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million Americans lived with diabetes in 2011. This numbers makes up about 8.3% of the U.S Population. Though this number is only on the rise much like the cost of test strips, individuals with diabetes will continue to look for ways to save money on their diabetic test strips. The good news, thanks to internet technology, finding cheapest diabetic test strips is now easier than ever. Cheapest diabetic test strips are often found online. Unlike large pharmacies such as Walmart, Rite Aid, or Walgreens which continue to retail test strips at high prices, Diabetic Outlet offers the cheapest diabetes tests strips in singles and bundles to keep diabetes management affordable for people with diabetes who pay out of pocket for their glucose test strips. See a list of our discounted diabetic test strips and compare for yourself: Diabetic Outlet offers free shipping and fast delivery on most major name brands of glucose testing strips including: Accu-Chek, Bayer, FreeStyle, Nipro, One Touch Ultra, Unistrip, Prodigy, and more. Continue reading >>
Ketosis From Blood Test
I'm glad to see somebody here bought a home blood ketone meter! I used to recommend them here and on other forums, but I stopped because nobody ever listened. My ketone meters are Precision Xtras (I own three). Until recently the Precision Xtra was the only home ketone blood meter on the market. This is the first time I've heard of the Nova Max. Here's an article I wrote last year about the Precision Xtra: You mentioned references; there are plenty in that linked article. Edit: I don't think you need to worry about pathological ketoacidosis. It occurs as a result of disease (e.g. diabetes or alcoholism). I can't find any mention in the literature of it happening to healthy people as a result of diet or fasting, no matter how high their ketone levels climb. If there were any danger of ketoacidosis in healthy people, I would expect to find it mentioned in Epilepsy and The Ketogenic Diet by Strafstrom and Rho. This is the standard medical textbook on keto diets. It has extensive sections on biochemistry and clinical applications. The book doesn't mention ketoacidosis (I searched a PDF version). If there were any risk of ketoacidosis, another place I'd expect to see it mentioned is a terrific review paper on fasting from 1982 called "Fasting: The History, Pathophysiology, and Complications" by Kerndt et al. This paper reviews 175 earlier papers on fasting and tabulates every medical complication that had ever been reported. It doesn't mention even a single instance of pathological ketoacidosis. End of edit Like all home meters, when you use the Precision Xtra to measure glucose, it's not very accurate. But when you use it with ketone strips to measure beta-hydroxybutyrate, it's a whole other story. The Xtra's ketone strips are incredibly accurate. The Xtra's ability to meas Continue reading >>