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 –  Self-monitoring is an important part of diabetes management. With the right tools, you can check your blood sugar at home. Your doctor may recommend checking your urine as well. By testing your urine you can detect glucose and ketones in your urine. Ketones build up in your blood stream (and urine) when your body doesn't have enough insulin. Ketone bodies could mean your diabetes needs to be better managed. At drugstore.com, we carry urinalysis tests with the convenience of online shopping.
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Checking Your Urine for Glucose and Ketones

Special reagent strips are available for checking your urine for glucose and ketones. These strips are an important part of diabetes self-testing and management. When you dip one of these strips into your urine, it changes color corresponding to how much glucose or ketones you have in your urine.

The reagent kit comes with a color chart so you can quickly estimate what quantity of ketones and glucose is in your urine. Urine test strips are easy to carry along when you travel so you can conveniently check your urine. Keep some at home and at the office too for quick urine checks. Your doctor will give you guidance as to when and how often to check your urine for glucose or ketones. Be sure to keep track of the results of your testing and show them to your doctor who can use this information to fine-tune your diabetes treatment program to ensure you get the best care possible.

Importance of Checking for Urine Ketones

Also available are reagent strips that test exclusively for ketones. These strips detect quantities of acetoacetic acid, a type of ketone that circulates in your blood and enters your urine under certain circumstances. Ketone bodies can increase when you don't have enough insulin in your body to supply cells with the glucose they need.

Follow your doctor's guidelines for urine ketones testing. Your doctor may recommend testing for ketones when your blood sugar is above a certain level. It's also important to check your urine if you have symptoms suggesting your ketone level may be high. These symptoms include having a fruity odor to your breath or urine, feeling thirsty all the time, urinating more frequently or feeling excessively fatigued or lightheaded. In addition, when you're sick, your blood sugar and ketone level may rise. Your doctor may recommend checking your urine more often for glucose and ketones when you're ill. Let your doctor know right away if you have more than a small quantity of ketones in your urine. If you have ketones in your urine, your doctor may need to make adjustments to your diabetes treatment program.

Monitoring Your Diabetes

Always read the instructions carefully when using strips that measure ketones or ketones and glucose to ensure the most accurate results. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about how often and when to check your urine for glucose and ketones.

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