Diabetic Ketoacidosis - Importance of Ketone testing for Diabetes patients
All blood tests are tools. Some are to diagnose diabetes, some are to help you manage your diabetes on a daily or long term basis and some are to keep you safe.
People with diabetes are told about blood testing and how important testing is to manage their blood glucose. It is a critical part of diabetes management. Whether it is done in the physician’s office or the patient’s home it is an invaluable tool. This very important test called ketone testing is often not taught. This test can be life saving and should be part of every person with diabetes knowledge and skills. It is simple and if you have diabetes you should know about it.
Now What Are Ketones?
When the body is unable to burn glucose it burns fat and this produces a chemical called ketones. This occurs when there is too little insulin for the amount of glucose in the body. Possible causes for this could be:
- Experiencing stress or illness such as fever,
- Having an infection.
- Omitting or taking too little insulin
- Eating more food than planned
- Improper storage of insulin
If left untreated, ketones continue to rise and can result in a condition called Diabetic Ketoacidosis, or DKA. This condition is quite serious and requires immediate medical attention. DKA is the most common cause of hospitalization and death among children and young adults with diabetes, and the leading cause of adverse events for insulin pump users.
How to Test for Blood Ketones
Dr Trust has developed the Gold Standard Blood Glucose Monitoring system that allow you to test for ketones in your blood as well.
The Dr Trust Gold standard meter will also display a ketone warning over 15mmol/L.
If you get a ketone warning, you are advised to consult your doctor.
This is an important new development and we that it will help you reduce the incidence of DKA.