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Ketone strips provide a fast, easy way of testing urine for the presence and concentration of ketones (acetoacetate).
They are the most inexpensive way to measure & monitor if your body is in ketosis. When you expose a ketone strip to your urine, the pad on the stick will change color if ketones are present and the severity of the color change will indicate the approximate concentration of ketones in your blood.
WHO SHOULD USE KETONE STRIPS?
A diet low in carbohydrates promotes the use of ketones from fats rather than glucose as the primary source of energy for the body. When the body produces a steady state of ketones, you are in a metabolic state of ketosis. Ketone test strips will help you identify whether you are in ketosis.
For people with diabetes, a lack of sufficient insulin prevents the body from using glucose properly. When cells in the body are unable to get the glucose, the body begins to break down fat into ketones for energy. When this happens, ketones enter the bloodstream. They can cause a chemical imbalance called diabetic ketoacidosis which ketone test strips can help you identify.
HOW TO PERFORM A URINE KETONE TEST:
1. Remove a test strip from the bottle. Close the bottle immediately.
2. Hold the end farthest away from test pad. Pass test pad through urine stream. Note: Urine may also be collected in a clean, dry container for testing. After collection, dip the test pad into the urine and remove any excess urine.
3. After 15 seconds, match test pad to the color chart on vial label. Note: Color Chart blocks give approximate values; actual colors may be slightly darker or lighter than the color shown on the chart.
UNDERSTANDING THE RESULTS:
For low carb dieters, any result other than negative indicates that you are in ketosis.
If you are diabetic and the result level is moderate (4 mmol/L) to large (16 mmol/L), contact your doctor immediately.
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