Why Do I Need To Test For Ketones?
Ketones, Urine GENERAL INFORMATION: What are ketones? Ketones (KEY-tones) are formed when your body uses fat for energy. Glucose, the simplest form of sugar, is what your body is supposed to use for energy. Sometimes sugar cannot be used for energy and it stays in your blood. When sugar builds up in your blood, your body uses fat for energy. If you have diabetes, you may have seen the "check ketones" message on your glucose meter. This means your blood sugar is higher than it should be. Using fat for energy causes your body to make more sugar and ketones than the blood can hold. The kidneys start cleaning the extra sugar and ketones from your blood for removal in the urine. Having ketones in your blood or urine causes fruity smelling breath. This odor is sometimes mistaken for alcohol. Ask your caregiver for more information about diabetes. Why do I need to test for ketones? If your blood sugars have been high, your caregivers may want you to test for ketones. The results of this test may help them decide if your diabetes medicines need to be changed. How do I test for urine ketones? Ketone dipsticks are used for this test. A dipstick is a thin plastic strip that has a pad at the e Continue reading >>