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Ketones

Ketones

Test Overview A ketone test checks for ketones in your blood or urine. Ketones are substances that are made when the body breaks down 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 can be tested in a laboratory or on the go using home blood or urine tests. Continue reading >>

Ketone Strips: Are They Legit?

Ketone Strips: Are They Legit?

These days, everyone is a keto dieter, but very few actually know they’re in ketosis. Sure, you can follow the diet and take the supplements, but if it’s all predicated on reaching a certain metabolic condition, wouldn’t you want to know if you’ve achieved it? Ketone strips fall into two distinct categories that dictate the accuracy of the test you are taking. These two categories are urine and blood. The degree to which ketone strips help you to successfully monitor your blood ketone levels will be greatly affected by which of these you use. Think of a urinalysis as the book jacket version, and a blood test as the entire Moby Dick novel in regard to detail. Depending where you are on the commitment scale, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right test for your needs. Below, we’ve listed the various types, brands, and benefits/detriments of each of the ketone strips. Check them out, and see which one suits your needs best, and most importantly, helps you remain in ketosis. Ketone Strips: Urine Analysis Using urinalysis to test for ketones is simply getting a “30,000 foot view” of the ketones in your system. The body regularly emits anywhere from 3 to 15 milligrams of ketones a day. Increased amounts of ketones in the urine (acetoacetate) can show you that there is in fact an excess of ketones your system, however ketone strips that evaluate the urine will not report the amount of ketones in the blood – ketonaemia – which is where the real work is done. The benefit of using the urinalysis ketone strips at the beginning of your ketogenic diet, is that you’ll save money of the bat in case you choose not to pursue the diet later on. And, as your body initially gets into ketosis, you’ll find value in the measurements. But once your body adapts Continue reading >>

The Principle Of The Urinalysis Test

The Principle Of The Urinalysis Test

URS-K • URS-3 • URS-10SG • URS-UTIProfessional Urinalysis Reagent Test Strips Professional urine reagent test strips for the rapid determination of Ketones (URS-K), Glucose, Protein and pH (URI-3) plus Leukocytes, Nitrites, Ketones, Bilirubin, Blood, Urobilinogen, and Specific Gravity (URI-10) levels in urine. The URS-UTI is a single use test specific for detection of urinary tract infections. These are the diagnostic reagent strips used by physicians, clinics and hospitals to initially screen for suspected and/or existing health conditions. Simple to use, urine diagnostic reagent strips can provide early indications of developing health problems and identify potential abnormal functions requiring more extensive testing. Additionally, routine use is frequently recommended by physicians for monitoring certain existing and chronic health conditions. THE PRINCIPLE OF THE URINALYSIS TEST These urinalysis test strips, URS-K (Ketones) URS-3 (Glucose, Protein, pH) and URS-10 (Glucose, Protein pH, Leukocytes, Nitrites, Ketones, Bilirubin, Blood, Urobilinogen, and Specific Gravity) and URS-UTI (leukocytes and Nitrite) are simple, easy to use reagent strips for the detection of key diagnostic chemical markers in human urine. They are the same urinalysis test strips used routinely by doctors, laboratories and healthcare professionals in preliminary diagnosis of, and initial screening for potential health problems. URS-Strips are plastic strips to which chemically specific reagent pads are affixed. The reagent pads react with the sample urine to provide a standardized visible color reaction within 30 seconds to one minute depending on the specific panel screen. The color is then visually compared to the included color chart to determine the level of each chemical factor. Test Continue reading >>

Ketone Testing

Ketone Testing

If glucose levels are very high Type 1 diabetes, then blood ketones may be formed and lead to a serious, potentially life threatening complication known as Diabetic Keto Acidosis (DKA). This is an emergency condition and should be treated in a hospital. If glucose levels are very high and not responding to insulin treatment then a blood ketone test should be done at home. If ketones are elevated GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM for further treatment. What are Ketones? In diabetes, there is not enough insulin to help your muscles absorb glucose from the blood. And when your muscles are starved for energy they start to "burn" fat. This produces breakdown products called ketones. These are toxic acids. The accumulation of these acids in the body may lead to the condition called ketosis and as it gets more serious, ketoacidosis or DKA. We can test for ketones using urine ketone testing strips or we can test for blood ketones. The Canadian Diabetes Association Guidelines suggest that blood ketone testing is more appropriate. There is one glucose meter in Canada that can also test blood ketones, this is the Precision Xtra meter and there are special ketone testing strips available, they come in a package of 10 and cost about $20:00. Most private drug plans will cover the cost though the Ontario Drug Benefit plan and some other provincial plans do not. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Occurs when excessive levels of ketone accumulate and the body becomes acidotic. It is a potentially life-threatening condition. ß-Hydroxybutyrate is the predominant ketone associated with DKA. ß-Hydroxybutyrate: A key to DKA Detection, Better Clinical Decisions Sick-day management requires increased monitoring of blood glucose and assessment for ketosis. Testing for ß-Hydroxybutyrate is a key to early dia Continue reading >>

Import Alert Name:

Import Alert Name:

(Note: This import alert represents the Agency's current guidance to FDA field personnel regarding the manufacturer(s) and/or products(s) at issue. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person, and does not operate to bind FDA or the public). Import Alert # 75-01 "Detention Without Physical Examination Of Urine Test Strips Not Labeled for Marketing in the U.S." The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has received numerous complaints involving urine test strips which are labeled for sale in Canada but are being commercialized in the United States. These urine test strips are being used for various tests such as: Glucose, Bilirubin, Protein, Ketone, Nitrite, and Leucocites. These products are intended for sale in Canada and they are labeled in the International System (IS) of units which are used and recognized in Canada. Because these metric units are not commonly used in the United States, consumers in this country may not appropriately convert and interpret the results. Districts may detain, without physical examination, urine test strips manufactured by firms identified in the attachment for this import alert. Continued surveillance of urine test strips from other foreign manufacturers appears warranted. For questions or issues concerning science, science policy, sample collection, analysis, preparation, or analytical methodology, contact the Division of Field Science at 301 796-6600. "The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to section 801(a)(3) in that its labeling appears to lack adequate directions for its intended use, in that product is labeled in International System (SI) units which are not commonly used in the United States [Misbranding, 502(f)(1)]." OASIS charge code - DIRECTIONS Sensor Health Products Inc Date Pu Continue reading >>

Testing For Ketones

Testing For Ketones

Testing for Ketones 3 Types of Ketones How to go about testing for Ketones? There are 3 types of ketone bodies. Acetone, Acetoacetate and Beta-Hydroxybutryate (BHB, though technically not really a ketone body) The body (the liver) converts long and medium chain fatty acids into BHB and Acetoacetate. BHB and Acetoacetate live in reversible equilibrium (they can transform back and forth). Acetoacetate can also be turned into acetone. After converted to acetone, it can not be converted back. Acetone is typically excreted through the urine or breath. If your body has been in ketosis for a while, you will see a reduction in acetoacetate. Muscles begin to use acetoacetate and turn it into Beta-Hydroxybutryate for fuel, so less is present in urine as you get more keto-adapted. This is the flaw of the urine test. It only tests for acetoacetate so it will go down as your body gets more efficient at using ketones for fuel. 3 Methods for Testing Ketones Urine strips only test acetoacetate. Ketonix only tests acetone in breath. Blood Strips test for Beta-Hydroxybutryate (BHB), what your body uses for fuel. 1. Urine Test Strips Pros: Cheap. Cons: Very inaccurate in testing level of ketosis. Our bodies excrete excess ketones in two ways. Through the urine or through the breath. When you are testing for ketones in urine you will typically see higher levels in early stages of a ketogenic diet because your body isn’t using ketones for fuel yet. After you are fully Keto-Adapted (2-4 weeks or so), you will see less and less ketones in your urine because your body in now using more ketones for fuel instead of excreting them through the urine or breath. The urine test strip is also very susceptible to changes based on your state of hydration. The more hydrated you are (and we should all b Continue reading >>

Diabetes Detective

Diabetes Detective

Diabetes affects your body's ability to use sugar to make energy. This happens when your pancreas is unable to make the right amounts of insulin to help process sugar or when your body is not able to properly use insulin. The sugar stays in your bloodstream, causing blood sugar levels to increase. If blood sugars are poorly controlled, both short-term and long-term complications can develop. Short-term complications may include dizziness, fatigue, frequent urination, increased hunger or thirst, and even loss of consciousness. Long-term complications include heart, kidney, eye, and nerve damage. In some cases, people need to have their feet or legs amputated due to poor circulation. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 (formerly called insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your pancreas makes very little or no insulin. You'll need regular injections of replacement insulin. Type 2 (formerly called non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your body doesn't manufacture enough insulin or has trouble using it. This type, which affects 90% of people with diabetes, can be controlled with diet and medication (pills or insulin injections). Trying to keep blood sugar levels under control requires frequent monitoring, so home testing kits are particularly helpful. Home testing allows you to control your diabetes, instead of it controlling you. It also allows you to see how certain foods and activities affect your blood sugar level. Most blood sugar testing kits consist of a blood sugar monitor and test strips. Put a drop of your blood on the strip and stick it in the meter. The meter gives you a reading of your blood sugar level, usually in under a minute. Some brands of meters store your readings and provide averages. Models are also available that download results to a personal computer d Continue reading >>

Is There A Best Way To Monitor Ketosis?

Is There A Best Way To Monitor Ketosis?

Ketosis is underrecognized on most farms and is associated with several clinical diseases, lost milk, breeding problems, and greater risk of early culling. You should test cows for ketosis for three main reasons: 1. It helps you diagnose and treat clinically sick cows. 2. You can monitor and identify changes in transition cow performance earlier. 3. You can establish the basis for herd investigations. Herd investigation and diagnosing and treating of sick cows are good reasons for testing and can be considered reactive approaches . . . you identify a problem and employ a ketone testing strategy as a diagnostic tool. Monitoring herd performance is a proactive approach. The idea is to track herd data over time so you can identify herd problems earlier than you might have using a reactive approach. Ketone tests Excess ketone production occurs in the liver in response to excess fat mobilization. The circulating ketones are acetone, acetoacetate, and beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA). They are found in all body fluids including urine, blood, and milk. The predominant ketone in cows is BHBA. The gold standard for ketone testing is considered to be laboratory measurement of BHBA. However, taking a blood sample, shipping it to a lab, and then waiting for the results is costly and inconvenient. Fortunately, there are cowside tests for milk, urine, and blood tests. Milk tests. Milk ketone tests such as Ketocheck measure acetone and acetoacetate. These tests are very insensitive, but, when they are positive, they almost always are correct. Unfortunately, their poor sensitivity makes them essentially useless in ketone testing programs. The only useful milk ketone test is the Keto-Test. This test measures milk beta-hydroxybutyrate and is very easy to use. In a monitoring program, a cow th Continue reading >>

Home Testing Kits

Home Testing Kits

Diabetes affects your body's ability to use sugar to make energy. This happens when your pancreas is unable to make the right amounts of insulin to help process sugar or when your body is not able to properly use insulin. The sugar stays in your bloodstream, causing blood sugar levels to increase. If blood sugars are poorly controlled, both short-term and long-term complications can develop. Short-term complications may include dizziness, fatigue, frequent urination, increased hunger or thirst, and even loss of consciousness. Long-term complications include heart, kidney, eye, and nerve damage. In some cases, people need to have their feet or legs amputated due to poor circulation. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 (formerly called insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your pancreas makes very little or no insulin. You'll need regular injections of replacement insulin. Type 2 (formerly called non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your body doesn't manufacture enough insulin or has trouble using it. This type, which affects 90% of people with diabetes, can be controlled with diet and medication (pills or insulin injections). Trying to keep blood sugar levels under control requires frequent monitoring, so home testing kits are particularly helpful. Home testing allows you to control your diabetes, instead of it controlling you. It also allows you to see how certain foods and activities affect your blood sugar level. Most blood sugar testing kits consist of a blood sugar monitor and test strips. Put a drop of your blood on the strip and stick it in the meter. The meter gives you a reading of your blood sugar level, usually in under a minute. Some brands of meters store your readings and provide averages. Models are also available that download results to a personal computer d Continue reading >>

Urgent Medical Device Voluntary Recall False Abnormally High Blood Glucose Results

Urgent Medical Device Voluntary Recall False Abnormally High Blood Glucose Results

Customer Advisory Notice: 01-13NM, Canada Dear Valued Customers: If you use, recommend or sell the Nova Max® Blood Glucose Test Strips or Nova Max® Plus™ Blood Glucose Monitoring System this is to notify you that Nova Biomedical Diabetes Care (Nova Diabetes Care) is voluntarily recalling and replacing the indicated Nova Max Glucose Test Strip lot numbers and unused Nova Max Plus Glucose Meter Kits listed in the attached Appendix. We have recently determined that some of the blood glucose test strips contained within the Nova Max Glucose Test Strip lots listed in the attached Appendix may report a false, abnormally high blood glucose result. A false, abnormally high blood glucose result could, under certain conditions, result in an insulin dosing error that could lead to a serious health risk requiring immediate medical attention. Nova Diabetes Care has decided to replace the Nova Max Glucose Test Strips and Nova Max Plus Glucose Meter Kits listed in the attached Appendix at No Charge. There are no other Nova Diabetes Care products or lot numbers impacted by this recall. People with Diabetes: Immediately discontinue use of Nova Max Glucose Test Strips from the indicated lot numbers. In Order To Receive Replacement Product At No Charge, Please Follow The Steps Below: Please call Nova Diabetes Care Customer Service at 1-800-260-1021 to verify the Lot # for your Nova Max Glucose Test Strips and Nova Max Plus Glucose Meter Kit and confirm your mailing address so that we may ship you replacement product. Please print and keep this notice with your Owner’s Booklet. You may continue to test your blood glucose with your current blood glucose meter(s) using any other Nova Max Glucose Test Strip lot not indicated as part of this recall while you wait for your replacement pro Continue reading >>

Management – Gdm

Management – Gdm

How to treat it? There are four major initial aspects of treatment. 1. Diet and activity About two-thirds of people with gestational diabetes respond very well to watching their diet. Keeping track of your weight is helpful. Older practice was a very restrictive diet, but now it is understood that the pancreas needs a reasonable amount of carbohydrates to work properly. The modern diabetic meal plan is very close to a healthy normal diet. It is important that your pancreas is not exposed to a large meal, so it is best to spread out your intake into 3 meals and 3 snacks. Small amounts of food periodically throughout the day are much easier for your pancreas to process. As the baby consumes calories all night long, it is also important that you have a bedtime snack. It is very important that you avoid really sweet things because these high-sugar foods tend to raise your blood sugar more and puts extra stress on your pancreas. Avoiding sugary pop and limiting the amount of juice you drink is important. Juice may be natural but it is high in fructose and glucose that will raise your blood sugar. The less fat you eat the less likely you will be to gain further weight and aggravate the problem. Fat is a much more concentrated form of energy than carbohydrates or protein. Exercise and activity help to use up sugar. Sometimes a 10-15 minute walk after meals will also lower the blood sugars. Walking or gentle swimming are usually good exercise for pregnant women but check with your caregiver to be sure they are fine for you. 2. Monitoring Blood Sugar Once you are on the diet your physician or caregiver will need to know your blood sugar levels. For this your clinic should provide you with a meter and ask you to check your blood sugar four times a day. A nurse will usually check Continue reading >>

Home Testing Kits

Home Testing Kits

Diabetes detective Diabetes affects your body's ability to use sugar to make energy. This happens when your pancreas is unable to make the right amounts of insulin to help process sugar or when your body is not able to properly use insulin. The sugar stays in your bloodstream, causing blood sugar levels to increase. If blood sugars are poorly controlled, both short-term and long-term complications can develop. Short-term complications may include dizziness, fatigue, frequent urination, increased hunger or thirst, and even loss of consciousness. Long-term complications include heart, kidney, eye, and nerve damage. In some cases, people need to have their feet or legs amputated due to poor circulation. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 (formerly called insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your pancreas makes very little or no insulin. You'll need regular injections of replacement insulin. Type 2 (formerly called non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your body doesn't manufacture enough insulin or has trouble using it. This type, which affects 90% of people with diabetes, can be controlled with diet and medication (pills or insulin injections). Trying to keep blood sugar levels under control requires frequent monitoring, so home testing kits are particularly helpful. Home testing allows you to control your diabetes, instead of it controlling you. It also allows you to see how certain foods and activities affect your blood sugar level. Most blood sugar testing kits consist of a blood sugar monitor and test strips. Put a drop of your blood on the strip and stick it in the meter. The meter gives you a reading of your blood sugar level, usually in under a minute. Some brands of meters store your readings and provide averages. Models are also available that download results to a Continue reading >>

Nutritional Ketosis Tools

Nutritional Ketosis Tools

For anyone who is getting started nutritional ketosis or interested in how I track everything, I figure I would write a post showing all the tools I use. Something like this would have been helpful for me when I was just starting. Precision Xtra Blood Glucose and Ketone Meter: This is the system I use to track my daily fastingmorning blood ketones to determine if I am in the range of nutritional ketosis (0.5 mmol- 3.0 mmol). I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what my ketones will be the following morning based on my diet and activity level. The system I purchased came with the meter itself, the lancet you see pictured on the right of the meter, and 10 needles. I had to purchase the ketone strips separately. There is another system out there, the Nova Max Plus, but I ended up going with the Precision Xtra system based on a review I read from Jimmy Moore and I wanted to the most accurate system available. The main draw back of the Precision Xtra system is the price of the ketone strips, which can be in the range of $5.00 a strip. Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Test Strips: These are the all important test strips to use with the Precision Xtra system. As you can see by the link, these things are costly! But in my searches online I found a Canadian pharmacy that sells these for a much more reasonable price of $1.99 per strip. Here is another one based in Canada that offers the strips for $2.49 per strip, depending on how many you buy. These prices also don’t include the shipping, so keep that in mind. I’ve had a lot of success with the first one so at least for the length of this experiment, I’ll continue to order from them. I have read in some places that eBay can be a place to look for these strips, but when I checked there the prices weren’t much better. FreeSt Continue reading >>

Canadian Information

Canadian Information

Canadian Information This article provides information on Meters & Test strips, Syringes, Low Carb wet food choices, insulin and supplements for Canada. IMPORTING DIABETIC SUPPLIES INTO CANADA In order to import diabetic supplies into Canada, a Customs code must be used in order to avoid paying Canadian Duty & Taxes: • The Canada Customs Code for importing diabetic test strips and syringes is 3822009010, HST Code 56 • The Canada Customs Code for importing insulin is 3004-31.00.10 – Schedule D Drug • The code needs to be clearly indicated on all shipping documents • If you are charged tax and customs duty by mistake, you may obtain a refund by writing to your local Canada Border Services Agency (refunds take about 30-45 days). METERS Below, in alphabetical order, are some meter choices that have proved to work well and provide accurate results. AccuChek – Aviva The AccuChek is an easy to use meter that does though need a larger blood sample than many of the others. It does let you “add” more blood to the sample if not enough was taken with the first (as long as you do so within 5 seconds of the first sample). Bayer Contour Like the AccuChek, The Bayer Contour requires a relatively large 0.6ml sample of blood. It is however a good and accurate meter. Nova Max Plus The NovaMax Plus meter tests for glucose and also for blood ketones (separate testing strips, which are quite expensive, are used for the ketone testing). A very small blood sample is needed. ReliOn Micro/ ReliON Confirm The ReliOn Meters are available at Walmart. Both the Micro and Confirm meters in particular give accurate readings and only need a small blood sample. Both the meters and more importantly the test strips are very reasonably priced The following two meters have shown problems with Continue reading >>

How To Measure Ketones And Optimize Ketogenic Diets

How To Measure Ketones And Optimize Ketogenic Diets

The problem with diets is that we think that one diet should be good for everyone. But research and N=1 experiments show that’s not the case. Learn about measuring ketones and ketosis to understand how your low carb or high fat diet is really affecting you. If there is one area of our bodies that is debated to extremes, with literally hundreds of differing strong opinions on it, it’s nutrition. For many, beliefs about nutrition and diet are tribal. We put ourselves in different camps and we war agains the other camps. Whether it be paleo, low fat, low carb, Atkins, high fat, low protein, vegan, raw vegan and so on. It’s exactly this sort of area where I see data as essential. Without data we have no hope of cutting through the maze of opinions to get to what really works. Part of the problem with nutrition and diets is that we tend to think that one diet should be good for everyone. But increasingly, research and N=1 experiments, are showing that that isn’t the case. And this is exactly why you should pay attention to today’s show. Today, we’re looking at what has relatively recently become the fastest growing nutrition or diet trend. The high fat diet. Also known in different guises as the ketogenic diet, or the low carb diet. And specifically how this can affect our different individual biochemistries, how we can measure “Ketosis” and other biomarkers to understand how our specific biology is reacting to it… and allowing us to troubleshoot and course correct when it isn’t getting the desired results we’re looking for from it. Today’s guest is Jimmy Moore. In 2004, Jimmy, at 32 years, weighed 410 pounds. Since then he has transformed his own biology, shedding all that additional weight with low carb and ketogenic diets. He has also interviewed n Continue reading >>

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