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Ketoacidosis: Ketones like few other substances can cause acidosis in the bloodstream which is a low ph and very dangerous to every organ system. Probably you have heard about this due to someone with very elevated blood sugar which causes the production of ketones. The details are very complicated to explain but basically know that this can be treated. Iv fluids and meds to treat the cause bring ph to normal. ...Read more
Normally our body chemistry is kept in a narrow range, and in particular the amount of acid in the body is kept within a narrow range. The amount of acid is measured by a value called the ph. It is normally a value between 7.35 and 7.45, values below 7.35 are considered to be "acidotic" a patient with this value of the blood chemistry ...Read more
Alternate fuel: Prolonged fasting, or with Insulin deficiency, the body runs out of glucose or it can't use what's there if Insulin levels are too low. The body makes ketones as an alternate source of fuel for brain and heart when that happens. Prolonged ketosis isn't healthy; the rest of the body is starved and ?risk for ketoacidosis which causes acid buildup in the body. One can get quite sick from ketoacidosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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). ...Read more
Diabetic, is there a way to tell if I have ketones without testing and what to do if think I have them. I'm at home and not feeling good.
NEEDS TO BE CHECKED: Only way you can tell at home is checking your blood sugar and urine drip stix your blood sugar will be high and there will be glucose and acetone positive in the urine if you can not test it at home and are feeling sick, go to the nearest er as keto acidosis is a serious medical emergency and needs to be treated asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be DKA: Hi. Both glucose and ketones in urine could signal diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), although I would not rely on a urine test to make the diagnosis. If serum glucose is high and bicarbonate is low with a so-called "anion gap acidosis", then it's DKA until proven otherwise. Is the patient a known diabetic? If not, he/she is a new one. DKA must be treated aggressively, but the patient will do fine. ...Read more
My 15 mo old son is in hospital for hypoglacemia. The critical sample discovered he has ketones in his blood. What does ketonic hypoglacemia mean?
Ketosis & hypoglycem: Usually seen in young children between 10 months to 4 years. Ketosis is having ketone bodies-acidosis while hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. First episode is usually after vomiting and diarrhoea with dehydration. If it happens frequently needs to be checked further. First time the efforts are usually getting blood sugar up and hydrating the child. As the brain can use only glucose, it is important. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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