Ketones

mo91108
By mo91108 Latest Reply 2010-11-08 20:34:42 -0600
Started 2010-11-08 16:02:59 -0600

I have found ketones in my urine for the past couple days, and I have been drinking a lot of water and still eating right, but they are not going away, does anyone know what to do. I do not have premeal insulin. And my BS was only 130 at lunch today.


7 replies

whitetigress
whitetigress 2010-11-08 17:00:43 -0600 Report

Ketones are formed when your body uses fat for energy - it breaks it down. Your body is supposed to break down carbohydrates for energy, not fat, I would suggest that you are not eating enough carbs for your body's needs. The "diabetic diet" isn't a low carb one - instead it is a lower carb diet. If you are worried about your BS being too high and cutting carbs to control it, then you are paying the price by developing keytones. The most effective way to maintain that healthy BS range is with exercise. No way around it.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2010-11-08 16:51:18 -0600 Report

Something doesn't seem right. From what you describe, I'm surprised that you'd be spilling ketones.

Are you on a reduced calorie diet? When you say "eating right" what do you mean? Can you describe your diet a little?

Are you trying to lose weight?

Certainly, spilling ketones is not a good thing. Definitely worth a call into your doctor's office if not a visit.

mo91108
mo91108 2010-11-08 17:00:57 -0600 Report

I eat a low carb diet. I am sick though I forgot to post that. My fasting sugar today was 143 then at lunch it was 130, but I still have ketones. If I still have them tonight, I am going to the dr. tomorrow. I have had them before and they went away right after a few glasses of water.

whitetigress
whitetigress 2010-11-08 20:34:42 -0600 Report

Being sick will always change your chemistry temporarily. I would suggest you compare your results now with when you are not sick.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-11-08 20:22:44 -0600 Report

How low carb are you eating? When you eat low carb your body can go into ketosis, not the same as ketoacidosis, where it is burning fat for energy rather than carb so you will test positive for ketones. People on low carb diets for weight loss often test for ketones to see if they are doing it right. There is a lot I'd debate but it's regarded as safe to do, even for a diabetic. It's a fine line though and if you see high blood sugar you need to be watching closely.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2010-11-08 17:21:30 -0600 Report

Yes, being sick is often correlated with spilling ketones. Are you using insulin? Our doctor has sick day instructions on how to adjust insulin if you have ketones. Insulin is not as effective when you're spilling ketones.

You may need to call your doctor's office and just tell them what's going on.

Sorry to hear you're sick.

mo91108
mo91108 2010-11-08 17:44:49 -0600 Report

Thank you. Yes I am getting better and so are my BS and the ketones are trace now but still not negative. So hopefully tonight they will be gone. I appreciate your help. Sincerely