Why Test Ketone?
Ketones are a type of acid produced when there is a shortage of insulin in the blood and your body breaks down fat for fuel. The accumulation and elevated level of ketones will lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DHA) which is a potentially life-threatening complication in diabetes patients, especially those with type1 diabetes.
American Diabetes Association now recommends testing your ketone level on sick days or blood glucose more than 300 mg/dL. A study in a New York Hospital also showed that if DKA was prevented at home, it could prevent physician visit, emergency department visit, and even hospital or intensive care admission.