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How do you or your child usually test for ketones?

 
     

Urine ketone strips from a vial

 
 

57%

 

  353

 
     

Foil-wrapped urine ketone strips

 
 

22%

 

  139

 
     

MediSense Precision Xtra

 
 

9%

 

  54

 
     

I use something else

 
 

1%

 

  2

 
     

I don't test for ketones

 
 

8%

 

  51

 
     

I don't know what ketones are

 
 

1%

 

  10

 
 

How do you or your child usually test for ketones?

Poll dates: August 31 - September 7, 2003
Total Votes: 609

People with type 1 diabetes are advised to test for ketones when their blood sugar is high or when they're sick (see Hyperglycemia and Ketone Testing). Until recently, that mean urine test strips. The vast majority (80%) of our respondents report using urine testing. If you test infrequently, you may want to get foil-wrapped strips, so that each strip remains fresh until the foil is opened.

With the advent of the MediSense Precision Xtra, you can test for blood ketones, which offers advantages in certain circumstances, such as for parents of very young kids who do not always produce urine for testing on demand.

The table below compares the results from this poll with previous times we've run it.

Answer    Aug 2003 Jul 2002 Jul 2001
Urine ketone strips from a vial    57% 63% 68%
Foil-wrapped urine ketone strips    22% 17% 15%
MediSense Precision Xtra    9% 8% 7%
I use something else    1% 1% 1%
I don't test for ketones    8% 8% 7%
I don't know what ketones are    1% 1% 1%

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