By jemma91 Latest Reply 2015-01-27 20:40:50 -0600
Started 2015-01-27 01:22:25 -0600

I'm 31, diagnosed type 1 less than 2 months ago. My levels have been mainly high but I've also had a few hypo's. I have keytones in my urine today, what does that mean? Thanks

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Erin Michelle
Erin Michelle 2015-01-27 20:40:50 -0600 Report

I was told to drink lots of water when I have ketones in my system. This helps to flush them out of ur body. Fortunately since being diagnosed I haven't had any. Keep ur sugars down to keep them away. If u see ur sugar is high go for a walk or try to get active. It helps to bring it down. But don't work out if ur sugar is above 260 ( not sure on exact number) because this can cause ur sugar to go even higher!

jemma91 2015-01-27 12:40:37 -0600 Report

Thanks guys. It was 1.5mmol/L this morning, now it's between 4-8mmol/L (UK readings). It's meant to be under 0.6mmol/L. But what does this mean/how serious is it/what should I be doing to correct it? Thanks, I'm just so new to all this x

Type1Lou 2015-01-27 16:46:52 -0600 Report

Jemma, what dietary changes have you made in order to get control of your BG's? Are you counting and restricting the carbohydrate grams in your diet? Carbohydrate awareness and reduction has been the key for me to maintain my control. I understand that you are restricted on what kind of exercise you can do. I am 5" 3" tall and weigh between 120 to 125 lbs and have been able to maintain my Hba1c in the 6's by eating no more than 120 grams of carbohydrate per day. Are you taking insulin? If yes, what kinds and how to you determine your meal-time (bolus) dosage? Do you use a carbohydrate to insulin ratio? I'd love to be able to advise what you can do (or more precisely, what works for me) but need more info.

Type1Lou 2015-01-27 08:47:08 -0600 Report

Ketones usually appear when your blood sugar levels are too high. If left untreated, high ketone levels can lead to DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) and coma and death. A bout with DKA early in my life with diabetes landed me in ICU for 3 days and another few days in the hospital…not something to ignore. Please try to get better control of your BG's.

jayabee52 2015-01-27 03:18:15 -0600 Report

Howdy Jemma
"Ketones are an acid remaining when the body burns its own fat.
When the body has insufficient insulin, it cannot get glucose from the blood into the body's cells to use as energy and will instead begin to burn fat.
When the body is burning too much fat, it may cause ketones to become present in the bloodstream." More ~

I pray that this has helped you understand ketones