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Ketone Testing?

Discussion in 'Type 2 with Insulin' started by Mep, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Mep

    Mep Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Question: if we're type 2 with insulin deficiency so using exogenous insulin... are we required to test for ketones regularly?

    No one has mentioned it to me, .although I have been told a couple of times in hospital that they found ketones in my urine and I had to eat.

    I've never tested for ketones myself personally and I'm not even sure you can get ketone strips to check? I will have to look out of them if I'm supposed to be doing that.

    Any type 2's here with insulin deficiency that do test for ketones? Curious.
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    The recommendation I've always read is that you only need to test for ketones if your BG is very high.
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Forgot to add, if you have an Abbott Optium, you can also test ketones on the same meter. Not sure about other brands in Australia.
     
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    Mep Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    yeh last time I was in ER my BG was 11 and wouldn't go lower, but then my BP was 198/110 mostly and wouldn't go lower either. They found ketones then and made me eat a sandwich and take insulin.
     
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    Mep Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    oh ok, thanks... I don't have that meter though.
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Mep Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    thanks :)

    Now I can see why the hospital was concerned about it.

    I probably should be doing tests considering I've been unwell a fair bit and have been having problems getting sugar levels down too.

    My T1 friend did ask me some time ago whether I tested for ketones and told me I should be doing that because I was on insulin. I told her docs never told me to do it as yet. But she was adamant I should do this anyhow. But I still haven't done any of my own testing. Ok, I slap my wrist for being naughty and will add this to my testing in future.... it may help me too.
     
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    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a B-Ketone meter, a Glucomen LX Plus. The strips are pretty expensive if you have to pay for them and there are usually 5 in a tub. I am prone to DKA even though I am T2. If my BGs >13.9 mmol/l then I will test for ketones in my blood. My DNS will issue scripts for the strips when I ask for them and my GP will sign them. :)
     
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    Cat0409_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have an optimum and though I have not been sick lately check my ketones every Sunday mainly to see if I am in ketosis.
    You should be able to get the meter for free and then ketone sticks will cost you $ 7.95 per packet.
    Be warned you need a lot more blood for the BG and ketone sticks compared to other meters
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    You're right. I recently upgraded my nearly 5 year old Freestyle Optium Excel to a Freestyle Optium Neo because I had a supply of strips and they both use the same ones - my local chemist in WA had them on the usual buy/Abbott refunds the purchase price deal - and the ketone strips are around $7.95 for a pack of 10 strips.
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Small correction to the last post - I bought a pack of blood ketone testing strips today and the price was $9.45 for 10.
     
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