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hi everyone
i just had a urine test and was told that i had ketones in my urine. i had a 3 hour fasting blood glucose test done last month in which my sugar levels were normal. I have also had my fasting blood sugar checked about 5 times in the last year and it was normal every time. What are some causes other than diabetes for ketones in the urine? I am not on any diet, I eat 3 full meals a day, drink plenty of water, etc. I am constantly tired even though I seep 8 hours a night, and I also have neuropathy in my feet and hands, mostly while I am in the bed. I thought it was caused by low levels of b12 but now i'm not so sure.
can anyone help me?!
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replied June 30th, 2017
Ketonuria is a medical condition in which ketone bodies are present in the urine. It is seen in conditions in which the body produces excess ketones as an indication that it is using an alternative source of energy. It is seen during starvation or more commonly in type I diabetes mellitus.

In healthy individuals, ketones are formed in the liver and are completely metabolized so that only negligible amounts appear in the urine. However, when carbohydrates are unavailable or unable to be used as an energy source, fat becomes the predominant body fuel instead of carbohydrates and excessive amounts of ketones are formed as a metabolic byproduct. Higher levels of ketones in the urine indicate that the body is using fat as the major source of energy.

Dietary conditions such as starvation, fasting, high protein, or low carbohydrate diets, prolonged vomiting, and anorexia as well as disorders associated with increased metabolism including hyperthyroidism, fever, pregnancy or lactation - can also present with ketonuria.

The cause of ketonuria in your case needs to be assessed with all the above possible causes in mind.

Hence consult with your doctor for a proper opinion.


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