When you are sick and have an unexpected high blood sugar reading, how often do you check for ketones?
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When you are sick and have an unexpected high blood sugar reading, how often do you check for ketones?Poll dates: November 8 -15, 2017
Total Votes: 23
While checking blood glucose levels, whether through a finger stick or continuous glucose monitor, is commonplace for people living with type 1 diabetes, measuring for ketones is critically important when faced with illness or an unexpected high blood sugar reading. When people with diabetes don't have enough insulin on board, whether due to increased needs during stress or illness or an interruption in delivery due to a faulty infusion set, for example, their bodies produce ketones in response to burning fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. The presence of ketones indicates a potentially dangerous condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening.
Proper sick day protocols include checking for ketones, either using a blood ketone meter (preferred, due to its precision and immediacy) or urine ketone strips. If ketones are present, follow the sick day protocol provided to you by your diabetes care team.
Last Updated: Wednesday November 15, 2017 18:50:51
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