Another important test checks for ketones, chemicals that show up in the urine and blood after the body breaks down fat for energy. The body will break down fat when it can’t use glucose; for example, when there isn’t enough insulin to help the glucose get into the cells or not enough food has been eaten to provide glucose for energy (such as when a diabetic is ill).
Having lots of ketones in the body can put a diabetic at risk for a major diabetes emergency called diabetic ketoacidosis, which can make diabetics very sick. So it’s important to test for ketones when necessary before they build up in the body. It’s an easy test to do at home.
Your diabetes health care team will let you know how and when to test for ketones (usually when your having consistently high blood sugar test results or your vomiting or other symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis). They’ll also teach you how to interpret the results as part of your overall treatment plan.
For more great information about Ketone Testing refer to The Ultimate Guide to Ketone Testing
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