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Old 12-25-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
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what does ketones in urine mean

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Old 12-26-2008, 07:34 AM   #2
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Re: what does ketones in urine mean

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Ketones in the urine usually means something isn't quite right with how your body is processing glucose, which means you areat risk for gestational diabetes. Did your doctor suggest some follow-up?

Old 12-27-2008, 03:36 PM   #3
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Ketones in the urine means that your body cannot process the glucose in your blood and instead is breaking down muscle tissue for energy instead. Ketones is a by-product of the process. It can be a sign of Diabetic Ketoacidosis, which is a medical emergency!

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I am a laboratory scientist for 17 years, ketones in your urine indicates your should have a serum ketone level performed. This is a more accurate test of the presence of ketones. Urinalysis testing is a colormetric testand sometimes is influenced by interfering substances and is not as accurate as a serum ketone levels. If you are positive for ketones it is a medical emergency and you need to seek immediate attention. Ketone acidosis can be obvious to a doctor because many times they can smell a flowery almond type ordor on your breath. I hope this helps you

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It's also possible for even non-diabetics to produce ketones if they are on an extremely low-carb diet. If glucose isn't present for the body to burn as fuel, your body will burn whatever else is available, including it's own fat and muscle tissue.


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