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ketones hi how do i lower the ketones

By Anonymous November 27, 2011 - 2:01pm
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Hi Anonymous,

Ketones in the urine occur in people with Diabetes. This is known a Ketoacidosis.

To help reduce your chances of getting ketoacidosis, take the following steps:

  • Take your diabetic medicines as recommended by your doctor.
  • Discuss with your doctor the level of ketones that are dangerous for you.
  • Monitor your ketone and blood sugar levels carefully.
  • If you use insulin, stock up on:
    • Short-acting insulin
    • Long-acting insulin
    • Needles and syringes
    • If you use an insulin pump, make sure you have extra infusion and connector sets as well as insulin syringes in case the pump does not work. The most common cause of hyperglycemia for a pump user is a problem with the tubing. This causes problems with insulin delivery.
  • See your doctor if you have infection, cough, sore throat, or pain when you urinate.
  • If you are sick or your blood sugar levels are greater than 250 mg per dL:
    • Check your blood sugar every 3-4 hours.
    • Test your urine for ketones every 4 hours.
  • If you are unable to eat, reduce your insulin dose. Talk with your doctor about the right dose.
  • Take extra insulin if your blood sugar is high. Talk with your doctor about the right dose.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (sugar-free and caffeine-free).
  • If your blood sugar is greater than 250 mg per dL, eat foods that are low in carbohydrates.

Hope this helps!


November 28, 2011 - 5:32am
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