How do i test my blood for ketones

How do I test for ketones?

A better question might be, when do I test for ketones? The answer for diabetics on insulin is whenever two consecutive urine tests measure 2 percent sugar or when your blood sugar tests are over 200. For non insulin dependent diabetics who still produce some insulin of their own, the situation is not so crucial. Those who have a high renal threshold and are running higher blood sugar than they realize, can, of course get in trouble. All diabetics need to watch for ketones when they have infections or illnesses or out of the ordinary emotional stress. Now, how do you test? There are two products to use:


This is a stick. You dip it into urine, wait fifteen seconds, and compare with six color blocks to determine the amount of ketones. (Keto-Diastix measure both ketones and glucose on the same stick.)


This is a tablet. You place a drop of urine on it, wait thirty seconds, and then compare the result with a color chart. Since urine and blood sugar and ketone tests are important information for your doctor as well as for you,


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