Nova Max Link Review
Nova Max Link is unique among the glucometers in our review because it can send your glucose levels wirelessly to a Medtronic insulin pump. While any diabetic can use this glucometer, it’s a great option for those who require an insulin pump to manage their glucose levels. The test strips are some of the most affordable available. However, they aren’t available in most of the pharmacies we visited, which means you have to order them online. We visited local pharmacies and online diabetic supply stores to evaluate each glucometer test strip’s availability and average cost. We didn’t find the Nova Max Link’s test strips in any of the local pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, Target and more. However, you can find them at most online diabetic supply stores. This means you have to make sure you order test strips well in advance of running out. When purchased in a pack of 100, these strips cost an average of $0.41 each, and they are an average of $0.47 each in a pack of 50. For comparison, the most expensive test strips in our review run about $1.39 per strip, and the most expensive test strips on the market can cost more than $2 each. The Nova Max strips are definitely on the affordable end of the spectrum. In addition, Nova has an Instant Savings Card program that can help you save money on its test strips. The Link’s main feature is that it connects wirelessly with Medtronic insulin pumps. When you take a reading, the data transfers to the insulin pump, which can then inject you with the necessary dose of insulin. That said, most diabetics don’t require an insulin pump, so this isn’t a feature that’s in high demand. The Nova Max Link requires a very small blood sample size: 0.3 microliters. This is the smallest blood sample required by any gl Continue reading >>
Measuring Ketosis: What Are Keto Sticks And Keto Strips?
Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver breaks down fat to produce ketones. Ketones, on a ketogenic diet, are the primary fuel source for the body. If you’re new to the ketogenic diet and you still have questions, consider reading our Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Keto > There are three main ways to measure the ketones in your body, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. The most common ways to measure are: Blood Ketone Meter. Very accurate but the strips are extremely expensive. Breath Ketone Meters. More accurate than the urine strips, but can sometimes vary in accuracy. Cheaper than blood strips in the long-run. Urine Stricks. This will answer the question “Am I in ketosis?” but will not provide an accurate measure of blood ketones. Scroll down to read a more in-depth analysis of each, and what we recommend for you. Measuring Ketones with Urine Sticks Urine sticks will always be the cheapest and easiest way to measure ketosis. For beginners, this should cover everything you need – there is no point in getting more complex blood strips so early on when you are still trying to understand the nuances of a ketogenic diet. Ultimately, keto sticks are very easy to use – you hold the sticks in your urine stream for a few seconds, and within 10-15 seconds you should notice a color change in the strip (if you are in ketosis). The color of the stick typically is measured in red: light pink being low in ketone production and dark purple being high in ketone production. While keto sticks can be ideal for a general answer to the question “Am I in ketosis?”, they aren’t precise with their accuracy. They measure the acetoacetate in your urine, which is an unused ketone by the body. As you get deeper into ketosis and your body adapts, your b 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 >>
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 >>
Using Ketosis To Lose Weight And Improve Your Health – Podcast #109
Dr. Justin Marchegiani and Evan Brand dive into an in-depth discussion about nutritional ketosis and what benefits you can reap from it. This is a podcast episode where you’ll get valuable information about a Ketogenic-Paleo diet, what to eat (and when!) to get the best results. Learn why insulin needs to be kept low and the ketones high. Find out how you can keep your diet in check and avoid wasting money when you’re taking exogenous ketones. Discover why carbohydrates are better consumed during night time. In this episode, topics include: 03:38 What is Ketosis? Who is it for? 08:35 Kinds of ketones 09:50 Ketone supplements 17:36 Using ketones beneficially 28:45 Ketoacidosis vs ketosis Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Evan, it’s Dr. J! It’s a Monday. How’re we doin’? Evan Brand: Hey, I’m doin’ great. What’s up with you? Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Hey, it’s good that you survived the weekend. Evan Brand: Yeah, it was extremely exciting weekend with the baby—getting a lot of trouble with the baby. Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Nice. What’d you guys do? Evan Brand: Just hanging out at the park, hanging out outside. Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Nice. That’s awesome. Evan Brand: You get—you get stopped by a lot of people when you have a baby. Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Oh, I know. I just a got a dog a month or two ago and I just—I’ve never realized how many people are dog lovers, but man, we get so much attention when we have our dog. It’s crazy. Evan Brand: Yeah, if you were single. That would be the easiest way. Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I told my wife that. I said, if I ever—like if something ever happened where I can go back in time—if I were to do it all over again. I would’ve got a dog like right off the bat, like just a really cute, small dog but it’s a 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Walgreens Ketone Test Strips 50 Count
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 >>
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 >>