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What is the definition or description of: ketones in the urine?

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Dr. John Tillett
Urology 24 years experience
Usually benign: Ketones in the urine usually reflect your hydration level. Also, if one eats a higher protein diet with few carbohydrates, ketones may show up in the urine. Typically it is not a very specific finding and on its own doesn't mean a whole lot.
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Dr. Imran Dosani
23 years experience
Low carbohydrate : Ketones in urine is generally seen in conditions when carbohydrates are not available to create energy in the body for various cellular actions. Body utilize fats to make energy and this convert into ketones. It is seen in malnutrition, diabetic emergency ( diabetic ketoacidosis ) and alcoholics.
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