Hi all,

Sorry if this is a dumb question.. I'm very sick (last night had a fever of 102.2) and checked this morning to find I have large ketones. I've never been this sick since Dx 5years ago, just common colds, and haven't had to deal with ketones.

I've been drinking tons of water to try and flush the ketones. What is the common practice for eating while you have large ketones? I'm getting hungry but don't want to make anything worse.

Views: 196

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

You did not say how high you BG was...? Please share this info. Food is not your problem your body is burning fat and this is producing ketone's because your insulin resistance is so high  you do not have enough active insulin to burn sugars or carbs to fuel your body....sometimes your body needs allot more  insulin when your sick....call your clinic for some help.

What really matters is your blood sugar. If you have normalized your blood sugar then there is no problem eating. Your body will just dump the ketones and you will be fine. But if your blood sugar is 400 mg/dl and you have ketones, you should not be really eating, particularly not carbs. You just won't be able to properly bolus and eating will likely raise your blood sugar further increasing your risk of DKA. Does that make sense?

Ketones occur when we burn fat. Being sick, it is not uncommon to stop eating and you will burn fat, thus you generate ketones. While you won't usually generate high levels of urine ketones when sick (you might), you may well see marked levels of blood ketones. Did you measure blood or urine ketones?

I measured urine ketones. My blood sugar was 175 at last check. It hasn't been that high at all. I didn't eat much yesterday after noon so I'm assuming that's where the ketones came from.




From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service