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A 33-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have ketones in your urine?

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Dr. Gregory Hale
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Dehydration: It is generally a sign of dehydration. If you have diabetes, it can be a sign of diabetic ketoacidosis (too high a sugar level). It can be present in alcoholics with poor nutrition recently (alcoholic keto-acidosis) and in people who have not eaten lately (starvation keto-acidosis).
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Dr. Daniel Oberlin
Urology 12 years experience
Sometimes diet based: Agree with the above answers but must add that I see many patients these days with ketones in their urine which is due to specific dietary choices. The "ketogenic" diet is a very popular diet and is similar to atkins style diets of very low carbohydrates. These diets lead to ketones in the urine.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

What does ketones in urine mean? I don't have diabetes?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
You are hungry: And have not eaten in a while and your body did not have enough glucose for fuel so it started breaking down fat cells to use for fuel. The result is formation of ketones
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when you have leukocytes and ketones in your urine?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 21 years experience
Urine results: Leukocytes/white blood cells indicate that inflammatory/infectious process is occurring, especially if rbcs are not present to support the idea of whole blood in the urine. Ketones are breakdown products of fats/fatty acids & seen in fasting or starvation. Lab findings must be taken in a clinical context; we would need to know what symptoms, issues, or other info available if any to help evaluate.
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Janesville, WI
A 31-year-old female asked:

Ketones of 15 in urine. What does this mean?

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Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
It could mean: that you are in a state of starvation or that you could be diabetic.. Was there sugar in your urine? This would imply diabetes as the cause.
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