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Hyperglycemia And Diabetic Ketoacidosis

When blood glucose levels (also called blood sugar levels) are too high, it's called hyperglycemia. Glucose is a sugar that comes from foods, and is formed and stored inside the body. It's the main source of energy for the body's cells and is carried to each through the bloodstream. But even though we need glucose for energy, too much glucose in the blood can be unhealthy. Hyperglycemia is the hallmark of diabetes — it happens when the body either can't make insulin ( type 1 diabetes ) or can't respond to insulin properly ( type 2 diabetes ). The body needs insulin so glucose in the blood can enter the cells to be used for energy. In people who have developed diabetes, glucose builds up in the blood, resulting in hyperglycemia. If it's not treated, hyperglycemia can cause serious health problems. Too much sugar in the bloodstream for long periods of time can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs. And, too much sugar in the bloodstream can cause other types of damage to body tissues, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems in people with diabetes. These problems don't usually show up in kids or te Continue reading >>

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  1. easygreen

    Hi,
    I started on the Adkins diet 10 days ago. I've
    been testing my urine with Ketone test strips I
    purchased at GNC. The manufacturer is
    LW Scientific from Tucker, Georgia, USA. For ten
    days I've kept my daily carb intake below 20
    grams. Each night I've tested my urine and each
    night its come out negative. Two days I had
    zero carbs because I was getting frustrated. I
    also exercise 60 minutes on a NordicTrak each day.
    Tonight, I went to Walgreens and bought Ketone
    test strips manufactured by Bayer. These are used by diabetics to test for Ketones. It showed I
    had a "Large" amount of Ketones! Registered 80!
    At the same time I dipped the GNC test strips in
    the same Urine. Came up negative again.
    I don't know if I just got a bad batch or this
    brand is generically defective. They have an
    expiration date of Feb, 2002, so they should be
    good.
    Anyway, if you aren't registering any Ketones
    in your urine and you think you've followed the
    rules, go to a drug store and ask the pharmacist
    for the Ketone test strips. Walgreens keeps them
    behind the counter.
    Mark

  2. Natrushka

    Hi Mark. Welcome to the forum and wtg on those 20+ lbs You must feel wonderful!
    Good advice about the test strips, I'd just like to add that if you're registering "heavy" it would be a good idea to drink more water. Darker on those things usually means dehydrated which is not good. Optimal fat burning happens when you're properly hydrated Also, remember that if you're not showing it could that you've used up all the ketone bodies produced as fuel (I hardly ever get above trace as I drink lots of water and use the nordictrack as well, for about 45 minutes every morning - arent they wonderful machines?)
    Best of luck to you in your LC Journey
    Nat

  3. doreen T

    Yes, welcome, and thanks for the tip.
    Other possible reasons for the strips giving negative results (when they "should" be positive) are discussed in the article Ketosis and Ketone Test Strips, from Low Carb Tips on the orange menu bar at the top of every page.
    I'd also like to remind folks of the importance of TIMING when reading the strips. Read the label, and follow the directions exactly. If it says to take the reading at 15 seconds, then that is when you take the reading. Not at 30 seconds, not at 2 minutes. The chemical in the little pad on the end of the stick will continue to darken after the peak ketone reading, but this is due to the decompostion of other non-ketone products in the urine. Some folks who think they're testing "dark" all the time are actually waiting for the strips to turn as dark as possible before taking the reading. Don't.
    There is yet another reason for faulty readings ... some folks have found they get more accurate results if they collect the urine in a small container, and then dip the test strip to take the reading. It seems that holding the strip directly in the urine flow may cause the chemical reagent to be washed out of the little pad ...
    Just a few more reasons to NOT get hung up on those strips....
    Doreen

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