what causes you to spill ketones? i have GD and have to check for them every morning. so far its been good but what would make me have them? i read on some sites that its low blood sugar but then read on other that its high blood sugar so im confused. my dietician cant seem to regulate me and im even on insulin and its just not going too good. i decided to cut back on the carbs and increase my protein since no one will help me get this under control. is that gonna cause me to spill ketones? im eating as little fat as possible and i cut my carbs at meal times by about 5-10 carbs but i increased my protein by about an ounce or two. is that ok?
They are caused from high glucoses. Ketones are a sign that our bodies are not getting enough energy from glucose. If we are not getting enough energy, lactic acid can build up in our tissues and in the blood. Ketones are also an acid; the more ketones in the blood, the more acid in the blood. Too much acid in the blood is VERY dangerous. Always check ketones if your blood glucose is high, or if you are nauseated or vomiting.
Also be wary of ketones if you aren't eating at all. Fasting can produce ketones as well as highs. Prolonged hypoglycemia can cause you to spill ketones too. It's all about the careful balance of body pH. I take it you use a ketometer to check ketones. Normal range on the ketone meter is less than 0.4 for a CONSERVATIVE range. HOpe that helps.
I understand that ketosis is fine as long as blood sugar is normal and one is well. I have talked in depth with my friend's husband who is a kidney specialist and have done much research concerning ketones. Learning from him would indicate there is no organ damage due to ketosis. He also told me that kidney patients have a low urine ph and a large majority are diabetics. My daughter is type 1 and an "alkavorian". She uses oils to burn for fuel instead of carbs. Yes, she does still eat carbs. Our focus is to keep the ph up by adding pHurify drops to her water and she takes mineral salts called pHour salts. When the ph is up the body can begin to remove the acids and begin repairing.
one doesn't hit a state of ketosis without either high blood sugar or illness. One can have some ketones within normal BG ranges, but a true ketosis does not occur. Ketosis is a life threatening event that must be monitored and remedied because the pH of blood is vital to survival and ketosis changes that pH. Having "trace" ketones on a ketone strip is not something to worry about. having "high" ketones is a situation to worry about and a time to get to a doctor for some sodium bicarb via IV.