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What Are Ketones

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What Are Ketones?

Ketones are harmful chemicals which your body produces when there is too little or no insulin Ketones are harmful chemicals which your body produces when there is too little or no insulin. When you detect ketones in your body, it is a warning sign that your blood glucose level is too high and you need to bring it down immediately. How to Check for Ketones?​​ ​The easiest way to check for ketones is to use a urine or blood ketone test. Your doctor or nurse can advise you on which ketone test to use. Most ketone test kits come in packages of strips or individually wrapped strips (which can be kept longer). To get accurate results from ketone tests, follow instructions carefully. If you are not sure, always ask your doctor or nurse to show you. ​​​​​ ​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Here’s how most urine ketone tests work: ​​ ​ First, check that the strips are not beyond their expiry date. ​ ​Collect a sample of your urine in a clean container. ​ Place a strip in the urine sample. Alternatively, pass it through your urine stream. ​ Shake off excess urine from the strip. ​ Wait for the strip to change colour. ​ Compare the strip to the Continue reading >>

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  1. skysiris

    I know that every diabetic should know what ketones are since I see a lot of people talking about them in Facebook groups, but I have no idea what that means. Can someone please explain to me what ketones are and how they're caused? Thanks in advance.

  2. justinsemag

    In short, ketones are a by-product of the body breaking down fat to create energy

  3. nitya_sharma

    Ketones are the result of the body burning fat for energy or fuel. For a person with diabetes, ketones are often the result of prolonged high blood sugar and insulin deficiency.If you have diabetes, you need to be especially aware of the symptoms that having too many ketones in your body can cause. These include:
    a dry mouth, blood sugar levels greater than 240 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), strong thirst, frequent urination,
    If you don’t get treatment, the symptoms can progress to:
    confusion, extreme fatigue, flushed skin, a fruity breath odor, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, trouble breathing.
    Managing the carbohydrate intake and insulin dosage is vital for managing diabetes. If they have vomiting and/or have a high blood sugar that is not coming down despite medication, should contact the doctor immediately.

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