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Q: What does it mean when your meter says "check keytones?"

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Cherise Nicole, Health Guide
12/20/08 2:59pm



Hello!  When your meter tells you to test for keytones it means your blood sugar is high and you could possible have keytones in your urnine.-


 Here is the information on Ketones.  Ketones (beta-hydroxybutyric acid, acetoacetic acid, and acetone) are the end-product of rapidor excessive fatty-acid breakdown. As is the case with glucose, ketones will bepresent in the urine when the blood levels of ketonesurpass a certain threshold.

Fatty-acid release from adipose tissue (body fat) is stimulated by a number of hormones including glucagon, epinephrine, and growth hormone. The levels of these hormonesincrease in starvation (whether related to excess alcohol use or not), uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and a number of other conditions. Click here, it will tell you how to test for them.



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Massagemaniac, Community Member
1/ 5/09 2:51am

Ketoacidosis can occur with uncontrolled blood sugars.  Google it.  It is serious, and ketones in the urine should be avoided.

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