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Five Things To Know About Ketones

If you live with diabetes, you have probably heard that ketones are something to watch out for. That they have something to do with the dreaded diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). But do you really understand what ketones are and why they happen? It’s scary to think about, sure. But it’s also very important to be in the know about ketones and to be prepared. 1) What are ketones? If there isn’t enough insulin in your system, you can’t turn glucose into energy. So your body starts breaking down body fat. Ketones are a chemical by-product of this process. This can occur when people with type 1 diabetes don’t take insulin for long periods of time, when insulin pumps fail to deliver insulin and the wearer does not monitor blood glucose, or during serious illness (in type 1 or type 2) when insulin doses are missed or not increased appropriately for the stress of illness. Ketones can happen to anyone with diabetes, but the condition is more common in people with type 1. 2) Why are ketones dangerous? Ketones upset the chemical balance of your blood and, if left untreated, can poison the body. Your body cannot tolerate large amounts of ketones and will try to get rid of them through the Continue reading >>

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  1. lenasvn

    Any idea what can be the reason for the lab results? The nurse called me and told me I had ketones in my urine. The glucose (fasting) was normal. It can be a sign of starvation or alcoholism too (alcoholism excluded,,,,LOL! can't tolerate even one beer). I eat frequent meals (well, cheat once in a while!) and take adquate vitamins. He want me to do a stool test (sorry about the graphics) to look for blood in stool. I don't have to go into details, but gramdma passed at age 43 from colon/ stomac cancer. it started with polyps in late teens- just like with me, besides my IBS since, well, since diapers!
    Anywho, any input on this Ketone deal, anyone had it and it was NOT diabetes? I also had anemia, despite my food and vitamin intake. This CAN be caused by RA (which in my case is not in control as I would want it), as well as many other things. I am ready for whatever, so blast your thoughts.

  2. futurehope

    Did you have a dipstick test done?
    Over the past 4 months I have had Keotones in my Urine and the only information I get is that this can be a sign of starvation.
    Are you on any medications? I am beginning to blame this one on my antidepressants as I have taken it on two different occassions over the past 4 years and I had EXCESSIVE weight loss both times. My appetite is not too good either. The first time I stopped the medication the weight VERY SLOWLY started to come back.
    Why would he want a stool test (just because of the keotones)?
    I have also heard that those urine dip tests can read inaccurate sometimes.
    Hope this helps, but I do not have any concrete answers either.

  3. lenasvn

    I don't know if they use dipstick in hospital labs. I think it would only be reasonable to run stool test if you present with both anemia and ketones at the same time, as well as severe malaise, and a family history of colon cancer. I was just hoping there might be some typical signs of CFS, since we're so toxic?

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