When do you or your child test for ketones?
When I am sick
When my blood sugar is high (> 240 mg/dl or 13.3 mmol/l)
Both when I am sick and have high blood sugar
I almost never test for ketones
What are ketones?
When do you or your child test for ketones?Poll dates: March 30 - April 6, 2003
Total Votes: 696
Testing for ketones when you're ill or have very high blood sugar is an essential part of good diabetes management. The presence of ketones can indicate insufficient insulin, for example, which can lead to ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition. Early detection of ketones, coupled with treatment using extra fast-acting insulin (NovoLog, Humalog or Regular), can help prevent ketoacidosis.
While urine ketone testing has been the traditional method of testing for ketones, the Precision Xtra meter from Abbott MediSense can test for the presence of ketones in the blood, just like testing for blood glucose. Ketones show up in the blood before they show up in urine, so blood ketone testing can provide an earlier indication of problems than can urine ketone testing. Regardless of which blood glucose meter you use, you may want to consider getting a Precision Xtra just for blood ketone testing.
This table shows how people responded to this poll the last time we ran it, compared with results from this poll:
Answer Mar 2003 May 2001 When I am sick 9% 9% When my blood sugar is high 12% 14% Both sick and high 53% 55% Almost never test 15% 17% What are ketones? 6% -- Other 2% 2%
For additional information see:
- Ketone Testing and Ketones and Acidosis from Understanding Diabetes by Dr. Peter Chase
- Precision Xtra, a blood glucose meter that also can measure blood ketones
- Accuracy of an Electrochemical Sensor for Measuring Capillary Blood Ketones by Fingerstick Samples During Metabolic Deterioration After Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Interruption in Type 1 Diabetic Patients reports on the accuracy of blood ketone testing using the Precision Xtra meter (called the MediSense Optium in Europe).
Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 15:37:23
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