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A 50-year-old member asked:

What could cause someone to have ketones in their urine?

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Dr. Silvia Cuadra
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Ketonuria: Ketonuria indicates that the person is in a catabolic state and is breaking down fat and can occur in anyone who has a negative caloric balance while dieting. However, in the absence of a person purposely trying to restrict calories, the presence of urine ketones along with hyperglycemia is more serious than hyperglycemia alone. Usually used to monitor for ketoacidosis in diabetics that are ill.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some reasons that would cause ketone in urine?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 38 years experience
Starvation: Ketones are normally the end result of fat metabolism in an enviroment where carbohydrates are either missing or due to lack of insulin, unavailable . Common situations are diabetic ketosis and starvation. Alternatively ingestion of some poisonous alcohols (i.e. Isopropyl) will result in ketonuria.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What causes diabetics to have ketones in their urine?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Endocrinology 53 years experience
Ketones: Please go online to "www.diabetes.org" and look closely at the information regarding Ketones. It is imperative that you review this and if need be discuss with your doctor. Do not delay!
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What can cause trace amounts of ketones in the urine?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 21 years experience
Fat breakdown: A common cause of ketone production (ketosis) is fatty acid breakdown. When the body utilizes fats for energy, ketones result and some enter into the urine for excretion. A larger amount of ketones in the urine can occur in starvation, diabetes, and other conditions in which fat and fatty acid breakdown is occuring at a more substantial pace than in the normal metabolic state.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Raised lfts ketones in urine, what is the cause?

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Dr. Richard Lipman
Internal Medicine - Diabetology 57 years experience
Many causes: Causes include starvation, infection, uncontrolled diabetes, most common cause skipping meals
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Last updated Jul 17, 2017

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