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Dr. Matthew Griffin
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Ketones In The Urine (Overview)

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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What does it mean to have ketones in your urine?

What does it mean to have ketones in your urine?

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

Dr. Matthew Griffin
8 doctors shared insights

Ketones In The Urine (Overview)

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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What can cause trace amounts of ketones in the urine?

What can cause trace amounts of ketones in the urine?

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. ...Read more

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Why can't you exercise when there are ketones in your urine?

Why can't you exercise when there are ketones in your urine?

Its not an: Absolute contraindication to avoid exercise. But in diabetics this suggest that they are at a physiologic point where there insulin needs aren't being met and could evolve into a more concerning, even life-threatening process. Otherwise, without insulin/diabetes issues, ketones in your suggests some element of dehydration or starvation or other acute illness that could be worsened with exercise ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What causes diabetics to have ketones in their urine?

What causes diabetics to have ketones in their urine?

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! ...Read more

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Why might a 3year old have ketones in their urine ?

Not eating?: Ketones indicate the patient is not consuming or unable to metabolize calories adequately. Most of the time this occurs because the child has been not eating well, or vomiting, but other conditions, like diabetes must be considered. Your doctor should be able to explain the significance in your child, and how to manage them. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have to many ketones in my urine?

Is it dangerous to have to many ketones in my urine?

Yes: Ketones are a breakdown product of fats and an indicator that your body isn't get the glucose it needs to function at it's best. Ketones cause your body to go into starvation mode and conserve calories. They can also make you feel nauseated and lethargic. Ketones can also be a marker of diabetes. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am testing high for ketones in my urine if my bs is normal range?

Different metabolism: Ketones are an alternative method the body has for dealing with glucose, and so it does not necessarily mean that you have a high or low blood glucose. While they are often related, they are not always in sync with one another. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


Ketones (Definition)

Ketones are a class of organic molecules with a carbon atom double bonded ...Read more