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  In the past year, how many times have you checked for ketones?  
      Never  
  17%     18  
      A few times  
  51%     53  
      Almost every month  
  17%     17  
      Almost every week  
  11%     11  
      More than once a week  
  4%     4  
      Almost everyday  
  0%      0  
      I don't know what ketones are  
  0%      0  

Total votes: 103
 

In the past year, how many times have you checked for ketones?

Poll dates: November 7 - 14, 2012
Total Votes: 103

Two-thirds (68%) of our readers report checking for ketones a few times per year or less. Less than one in five (17%) report checking every month, and 11% report checking almost once a week (that's a lot). These results are very similar to previous times we've run this poll (see table below).

For people who check ketones frequently, urine test strips in a vial are the most economical, costing as little as 16 cents per strip. For those who test infrequently, foil wrapped ketone strips are a better choice because vials expire 90 days after opening. Foil wrapped strips cost about 40 cents per strip, but you don't waste lots of strips due to expiration.

However, there is a better way to check for ketones -- checking for blood ketones. We have a summary of the benefits of blood ketone testing, along with citations to recent studies, in our Care Suggestions page. Two recent studies stand out:

You can check blood ketones using the Precision Xtra or the Nova Max Plus meters, which also can be used to check blood glucose.

This table summarizes the results of this poll over the past years:

Answer    Nov 2012 Nov 2010 Nov 2009 Nov 2008 Dec 2007 Dec 2006 Dec 2005 Sep 2004 Sep 2003
Never    17% 15% 14% 15% 11% 14% 15% 14% 13%
A few times    51% 51% 52% 49% 45% 45% 48% 50% 43%
Almost every month    17% 22% 15% 16% 21% 19% 19% 17% 18%
Almost every week    11% 6% 9% 7% 9% 9% 8% 9% 10%
More than once a week    4% 2% 4% 4% 5% 4% 4% 3% 5%
Almost everyday    0% 2% 1% 3% 3% 3% 1% 2% 4%
I don't know what ketones are    0% 1% 1% 3% 3% 2% 2% 1% 3%

For more information, see our page about Hyperglycemia and Ketone Testing.

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Last Updated: Wednesday November 14, 2012 11:08:30
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