Trace amount of ketones in urine, constantly!

By savannahceleste Latest Reply 2011-01-12 13:06:46 -0600
Started 2010-12-19 20:09:13 -0600

So I'm sitting here, typing with one hand while I attempt to feed my son, Dakota with the other lol. At 18 years old, I keep finding myself looking down amazed at what perfection he is that I made! And then feel such an intense fear from the thought of me not living long enough to see him graduate or even see his 10th birthday! :(

(I'm scared for myself, too…)

I'm so glad I found a website that looks full of support/people that understand! I'm hoping I can get either an answer to why this is happening, or at least reassurance. :/

Since I had Dakota (October. 8, 2010) via emergency c-section due to severe preeclampsia, I've had health problems. Unexplained 99% of the time because my blood work comes back "normal". Today, I'm fine. Besides occasional positional vertigo. What worries me though, is the fact that I've been running a trace amount of ketones since I've had Dakota. I'm able to flush them with water, but they come back. I eat enough, my blood sugars are under control, and I'm not sick. I blamed it at first on the c-section (surgery causing trauma to the insides and my body recovering from just having a baby) well it's been two and a half months and I'm STILL running ketones. I know what ketones are. I don't understand why I'm running them though. Why I can't get rid of them. I'm hoping to get an answer. Is this dangerous??? I'm really worried…

Help please !!!

11 replies

tomecom 2010-12-23 09:14:13 -0600 Report

The body is constantly producing small amounts of keytones naturally. Keytones are a byproduct of breaking down proteins. Small amounts are not a bad thing. In fact your heart will thank you because your heart prefers keytones over glucose as a fuel source.

Typically, higher keytones are the result of eating too many proteins, and too few carbohydrates. Don't confuse keytones with ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is the result of a sedimentary lifestyle, overweight, low insulin levels, and poor diet.

kdroberts 2010-12-23 11:21:31 -0600 Report

I have to question some of your info since it appears to be very wrong. Ketones are produced when fatty acids are broken down, as far as I know protein has nothing to do with it. Ketoacidosis has nothing to do with weight, poor diet or lifestyle. Diabetic ketoacidosis is purely from a lack of insulin which is why it's a fairly common problem for type 1's and why many type 1's are diagnosed with ketoacidosis. Dehydration can also cause it because the body starts to panic and starts uncontrollably burning fat for energy.

Ketosis can happen with a low carb, high fat (like the ketogenic diet which is about 80% fat or to some extent, atkins) diet since the body switches over to ketones as it's primary energy source. If you can control ketosis then it's arguably safe, although that's still hotly contested. If you can't control it then the ketosis will turn to ketoacidosis.

tomecom 2010-12-23 12:49:44 -0600 Report

The point that I am making is that trace amounts of ketones are produced by the liver during the production of glucose, and that unless she is eating a primarily high protein diet she likely is over reacting.

GabbyPA 2010-12-20 07:51:11 -0600 Report

In your other post you mentioned kidney disease. I think that is what you need to look into. If your other labs are coming in good, and you don't have any lingering infection from the birth of your beautiful baby boy, then I would look there. Be candid with your endo and look into visiting a kidney specialist to see what they can do to help with that aspect.

kdroberts 2010-12-19 20:11:08 -0600 Report

Do you eat a low carb diet?

savannahceleste 2010-12-19 20:13:02 -0600 Report

No… After I had my son I couldn't eat at all and I didn't know why (Later found out I was running small ketones). So I started forcing myself to eat after drinking lots of water to help flush them (they come back trace now). OH I forgot to add that I have kidney disease they found while in surgery… But I'm positive that I eat enough and take enough insulin. My blood levels are completely under control too. I'm so confused.

kdroberts 2010-12-19 20:52:02 -0600 Report

It's a question for your doctor really. If you were eating a low carb diet then that could be the reason and it's not dangerous for the most part, it's actually a sign that the diet it's working for people doing things like atkins to lose weight.

MewElla 2011-01-12 08:39:01 -0600 Report

I said a prayer for you that you will feel better each and enjoy your brand new son every moment. God Bless you and your family

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