24 Sep 2015
What are ketones?
According to diabetes.org a “Ketone is a chemical produced when there is a shortage of insulin in the blood and the body breaks down body fat for energy. Ketones in the urine is a sign that your body is using fat for energy instead of using glucose because not enough insulin is available to use glucose for energy.”
But what you really need to know is that having ketones is bad.
Whenever someone with T1D is sick or you can’t keep their blood sugars down, check for keytones. Even a small amount can really mess with your blood sugars, and make your T1D hard to manage. There’s a whole protocol for ketones on JDRF.org. You should always have ketone test strips on hand so that you aren’t running out in the middle of the night in the rain – because isn’t that the way these things always work?
Not getting on top of ketones right away makes the blood sugars climb and make them harder and harder to manage, which can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), resulting in hospitalization or worse.
Yeah, ketones suck. So does diabetes.