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i'm wondering are high ketones +3 dangerous to a diabetic already on medication?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Looks suspicious: Hi. What is your BG? Are you on insulin? Have you been missing insulin doses for awhile? Do you feel sick with nausea and vomiting? You should call or see your doctor and discuss this. If it's diabetic ketoacidosis, you need immediate attention. If it's some starving yourself/fasting thing, maybe it's OK. Hard to say, but talk to your doc to make sure you're OK. Good luck!

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A 18-year-old member asked:

What are ketones?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Byproduct of fat: Body uses glucose to make energy - in diabetic when they eat acidic foods - for energy need body switchs to burning fats instead of energy and the end product from fats is ketones - in critical care they have started measuring Lactic Acid as the early signsfor sepsis which is what keto acidosis is high Lactic Acid levels as by product of this problem - coma in diabetic -so keep body ph6.8-7.4.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How can I bring my ketone down. ?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Depends on reason: Ketones increase in patients who have poorly controlled type 1 diabetes but also increases in non diabetics who are starved, on high protein diet, or who abuse alcohol. The treatment of the first is to control the blood sugar well and follow doctors instructions to the dot. Otherwise, the treatment is by removing the cause. Whether it is diet or alcohol related.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Quick question about ketone test strips. If they are kind of pinkish before I use them are they bad?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Expiration date?: If they're expired please don't use them. If in doubt please take them to your pharmacist to check out.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Why is ketone allowed in the workplace?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
Who is Ketone?: Self testing for ketones in the urine in the workplace is a reasonable accommodation for people with diabetes to determine if their blood sugars are so far out of control that they may slip into ketoacidosis.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why are ketone bodies produced?

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Dr. Charles A Bryant
Endocrinology 49 years experience
Lack of carbs: Glucose is the normal fuel for the body. If there is inadequate glucose (derived from the breakdown of carbohydrate) or if in the case of diabetes the glucose can't get into the cell due to Insulin lack/dysfunction the body will then burn fat and/or protein to make glucose. This results in the build up of ketones.

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