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Ketostix confusion!

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Seriously_Sax1989, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Seriously_Sax1989

    Seriously_Sax1989 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I've posted about this before and I've read other posts but I just need someone to explain to me in simple terms what the colours mean, the plus signs and the numbers mean?

    I used to have to blood test ketone strips and they were awesome and so simple... Pop a bit of blood on and wait for the number to arrive! but have run out at the mo hence why am using urine sticks!

    I tested earlier and sugars were high so tested for ketones and the colour was a dark red which according to the chart and instruction leaflet means "moderate" and has 2 plus signs above the number which was 4mmol. I felt completely fine, no sickness or headache or even thirst so I took insulin and now 2 hours later they are back to normal 9.4.

    Can anyone make sense to me as I'm at a complete loss as the internet isn't particularly helpful either on this!

    Thanks :) x
     
  2. robert72

    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ketostix are not really so accurate and can be a few hours behind. It also depends how hydrated you are. I've had 4mmol ++ on ketostix and yet only 0.8 on Optium ketone strips when I cross checked.

    Edit to say: 4mmol ++ would equate to 4.0 on you blood meter (quite high)
     
  3. Seriously_Sax1989

    Seriously_Sax1989 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ah ok, I didn't think they were THAT inaccurate lol. Phew not worried now I know this! Thanks :)
     
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    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If you BGs are back down, drink plenty of water to flush ketones away
     
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