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Tweet Ketone testing is a key part of type 1 diabetes management as it helps to prevent a dangerous short term complication, ketoacidosis, from occurring. If you have type 1 diabetes, it is recommended that you have ketone testing supplies on your prescription. Ketone testing may also be useful in people with other types of diabetes that are dependent upon insulin. Why test for ketones? Ketones are produced by the body as an alternative source of energy to sugar. The body produces ketones by breaking down fats, this process is known as ketosis. Ketones may be produced as part of weight loss, however, it’s important for people with diabetes on insulin to note that ketones can be produced when the body has insufficient insulin. When the body has too little insulin, it means that cells of the body cannot take in enough sugar from the blood. To compensate for this, the body will start to break down fat to provide ketones. However, if a high level of ketones is produced, this can cause the blood to become acidic which can lead to illness and even potential danger to organs if not treated in time. This state is referred to as diabetic ketoacidosis. Where can I get ketone testing kits a Continue reading >>

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  1. hiandri

    I have been on 15mg of Prednisone since 1 April which is working fine and will drop to 13.5mg on 1 May. My doctor wants me to take Metformin 500mg twice a day, as far as I am aware I am not diabetic but my blood sugar level is higher than she would like. Lokking at the possible side effects of Metformin I notice one is muscle pain and weakness, which raises a concern in regards to my PMR - I would appreciate any comments from members of the forum. John

  2. rockyandzeus

    Hi John,
    If you are being prescribed metformin, it would most likely be based on your bloodwork.
    Do you know what your random blood glucose and A1C levels are, and how long they have been out of whack?
    Perhaps your doctor will allow you to trial by reducing simple sugars and carbohydrates to see if you can bring things under control that way first?
    First find out your numbers and have the doc explain exactly what they mean for you.
    Wishing you well,
    Dorothy

  3. hiandri

    Thanks Rockyandzeus for the feedback. John

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