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Quick question about ketone test strips. If they are kind of pinkish before I use them are they bad?
Expiration date?: If they're expired please don't use them. If in doubt please take them to your pharmacist to check out. ...Read more
See below: False trace results for ketones on urinalysis strips may occur with highly pigmented urine specimens or those containing large amounts of Levodopa metabolites. Compounds such as Mesna (2-mercaptoethane sulfonic acid) that contain sulfhydryl groups may cause false positive results or an atypical color reaction. ...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
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