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From Longs, South Carolina, USA:

Can a person be in acidosis and not have urine ketones? Is acidosis more common in type1 or type 2 diabetes?


The only situation I know of where ketones might appear negative would be dipsticks (such as Ketostix) which might be negative in neonatal (newborn) diabetes because babies cannot produce acetone -- the substance that makes Ketostix change colour.

DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis] is markedly more common in type 1 diabetes but it can occasionally occur in type 2 diabetes.


[Editor's comment: There are other disorders (that have nothing to do with diabetes or DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis]) that can cause what is technically called metabolic acidosis. For example, poisoning with certain acid substances will cause acidosis. WWQ]

Original posting 10 Jul 2001
Posted to Hyperglycemia and DKA


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