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What Do You Use Ketone Strips For?

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Do You Really Need Keto Sticks?

Keto Sticks, or Ketostix are used to check if your body is creating ketones. It’s basically how we keto-ers check to see if we’ve done a good job, and also to make sure we haven’t done TOO good of a job. Keto sticks are especially helpful in your first couple of months, but once you get into the swing of things, you’ll have figured out what types of food put you into ketosis or not. Other things to know: You can cut keto sticks in half (the long way) to double your inventory. All brands work the same, so get the cheap ones if you want. If your keto stick is dark purple, drink lots of water and bouillon, you want it to be pink—you’ll get very sick from producing too many ketones. Also a note: everybody is different. For example, in the first three weeks that we were in Keto, we went to Disney World—we obviously enjoy being tortured. I actually did great during those days, taking buns off of burgers and drinking a lot of water. The worse part of keto is, by the way, trying to eat at normal restaurants and paying $12 for a burger when all you eat is the patty. Anyway, on our last leg of the last day in Disney, I caved and bought a hot, crispy, sugar-coated, pumpkin funne Continue reading >>

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  1. Skie

    Can You Use Ketone Sticks to "Diagnose"?

    I'm not on a low carb diet as far as I know, so having these in the urine would be a possible diabetes sign, right? Is it a safe idea to get a package and see what my results are? Or is this just a silly idea? I'm still working out arrangements to go see a doctor and get tested, but in the mean time while I figure that out with my friends, I figure something like this might be useful to get an idea of where I stand in the matter... Course I wish I could borrow a meter too, but alas... Don't know anyone who'd let me...

  2. Shanghaied Guy

    I think your blood sugars have to be extremely high before ketones would show up in your urine if you have not been on ketogenic diet (very low carb) for several days.
    You can get a free meter here: https://www.onetouchgold.com/simplestart/, but you will still need to buy the strips.
    Where do you live? If you live in Shanghai, I will buy you a cup of coffee some morning and test your BG. We diabetics are always curious about the blood sugar of other people and sometimes try to cajole our family and friends into testing their morning fasting blood sugar. If you want to disclose where you live, maybe somebody here at DD can help you out with the use of a meter.
    Tell us a bit about yourself. Do you have a family history of diabetes? How old are you? Are you overweight? Have you ever had high blood glucose on a test? What symptoms do you have that lead you to suspect diabetes?
    Be well.

  3. hannahtan

    i wouldn't dx yourself with just a ketostix... if there are sugar and ketones in the urine... it is a sign of diabetes... if ketones alone... i'm not sure... that is why i will not simply just assume i'm a diabetic based on a ketostix result...
    if you can't borrow a meter... can you just go to a pharmacy and get a simple finger bg test done? if it is high... and from the ketostix result which shows ketones as positive... please go see a doc immediately... but if bg is good...i wouldn't worry a lot... but still see a doc to get a proper diagnosis

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