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lion00
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   Posted 8/22/2007 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I wondered if someone could help. I have done a urine test at home tonight and the test has showed that I have Ketones in my urine. The test was showing ++. I have been unwell most of today and feel very tired and worn out. My diet has been normal all day, however I have been drinking an awful lot, very thirsty all day. Just wondered if this is anything to worry about or not. I have had 2 positive glucose tolerance tests for diabetes, but the latest one was negative and I am waiting to go back to the GP. Any input would be really appreciated. Thank You x x
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LanieG
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   Posted 8/22/2007 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi lion, I'm sorry I don't know much about the ketone test.  Are you also monitoring your blood sugar?  There are various reasons why ketones would be present, anything from a very low carb diet, gestational diabetes, very high blood glucose,....   A lot depends on if your blood sugar is high or in the normal range.  I think you should call your doctor.  And drinking lots of water is good from what I understand.  Let us know how this goes.

I just realized one of your medicines, prednisoloe, might be affecting your blood sugar.  Is that why you took the glucose tolerance tests?

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Post Edited (lanieg) : 8/22/2007 4:22:18 PM (GMT-6)


Jazzyfizzle
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   Posted 8/22/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree, I would phone the doctor.


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Chutz
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   Posted 8/23/2007 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi lion,

Please call your doc right away. High levels of ketones is very dangerous! Do not exercise during this period. Drink plenty of fluids. Here's a bit on ketones from the national diabetes association.

Keep us posted,
CHutz

Ketocidosis means dangerously high levels of ketones. Ketones are acids that build up in the blood. They appear in the urine when your body doesn't have enough insulin. Ketones can poison the body. They are a warning sign that your diabetes is out of control or that you are getting sick. Treatment for ketoacidosis usually takes place in the hospital.
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mamo
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   Posted 8/23/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Where can you get these test at?

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   Posted 8/23/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ketone tests are just a urine test strip that you can buy at the drugstore. You don't need a prescription.

If you are feeling ill and are showing a high level of ketones in the urine I would immediately go to the emergency room. Ketoacidosis is nothing to fool around with. The excessive thirst in combination with the feeling ill and high level of ketone in the urine is a very serious symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis. (DKA) DKA is very serious and can be life threatening. It can also progress rapidly. In someone with little or no insulin it can very quickly make you extremely ill or even kill you. I should know all about it. I nearly died of DKA when I was sixteen. The local hospital FLEW me by helicopter to the hospital in the city. It can be that serious. I lost 14 pounds in just 8 hours from dehydration. While lying perfectly still my heart rate was 180 beats per minute. I am very lucky I survived. I was on 3 IV's, one in each arm and a leg. I was on oxygen and all sorts of monitors. My parents were told not to leave the hospital because I might not survive the night. I would much rather go to the hospital with some ketones and be sent home after treatment than try to manage at home and end up like that again.
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   Posted 8/23/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
AMM, what an awful experience.  What caused this episode?  Were you already diagnosed as type 1 and on insulin, or was it before that?  (By the way, how is Amanda?)



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Post Edited (lanieg) : 8/23/2007 7:24:40 PM (GMT-6)


AMM
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   Posted 8/23/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I was already diagnosed with type 1. I was just being a rebellious teenager and decided I didn't want to take a shot. Nearly killed me though. Amanda is doing very well. Thank you for asking. She never forgets to test her blood sugar. She is wonderful about it. She even reminds me to take her meter when we go out. Her blood sugars are almost always below 120. Usually they are 90-110. We just came back from the beach. We splurged on our eating while we were there and her numbers were still good. I think the added activity helped there.
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   Posted 8/23/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for her and what a relief!  I've got a question about DKA but I'm going to start it as a new topic.  Thanks.
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