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High ketones - how long will it take to get rid of them?

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June 18, 2019 / By Damiana
Question: I'm 14, type 1 diabetes. I have terrible control over my diabetes. I hardly ever bother with it. And I know I've got to change that. My sugar levels are ridiculous. So please don't just tell me that my levels need to come down - I KNOW, and I hear that enough from everyone else in my life. Also, I'm not on any diets or anything. I have high ketones. My monitor is stupid and half-dead, so I'm not sure exactly how many ketones I have, but I know that it's more than one. Somewhere around 1.2 I think. But like I said, my monitor has broken.... again. But, if I control my levels well, how long will it take for them to disappear? I'm worried about this. Thing is, I've only lost 1lb... actually, come to think of it, I just ate a big breakfast and I haven't been to the toilet this morning, so that wont be accurate. In that case, I've lost AT LEAST 1lb. Thanks (: Look, I know this could kill me. That's why I'm on here for help! My parents (or rather, my mum) IS involved, but the monitors are just a pile of crap and they keep breaking. I do take responsibility - did I not state that I don't control my diabetes and that I should, and will? I admitted that. And Optium are the only monitors that test ketones. I don't think I'm invincible. And it really, REALLY pisses me off when you stereotype teenagers, ok? I'm not like the rest of them. I'm normal, mature, and intelligent. I know what's going on. I DO NOT need you to start acting like you know me - you don't. Don't stereotype us and then treat us all the same. For every 'bad teenager', there are 5000 'good' ones. That's a real statistic by the way. So if you consider the probability that you are talking to a 'bad' one, then it's pretty low, ok? Just give us a chance.
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Blythe Blythe | 9 days ago
In the past I've worked with the Diabetes Society of the Santa Clara Valley as their Outreach Chairman for about 3 years. I've had Type 1 Diabetes since 1974. Ketones are a result of your body burning fat instead of using the glucose in your blood stream. If you don't have the right amount of insulin in your blood stream your body can't use the glucose in your blood stream for energy. If you have a diabetes support group in your area they can be a great source of information, and might be able to help you out with the situation your having with your meters. This stinking condition can be a real challenge to deal with. Don't give up yet, you'll get the hang of it and things will look better for you. The ketones will disappear when your body starts using the glucose in your system instead of burning the fat. Know too that not all of us old people think teenagers are bad people.
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Blythe Originally Answered: Can not control blood sugars. high blood sugars w/ high ketones and pregnant!?
High blood sugars and high ketones indicate you are heading towards ketoacidosis. This is a dangerous and life threatening condition. Sometimes it can be managed in the community, but since you are pregnant I think you need to call your ob/gyn immediately. If you cannot get a hold of someone, go to the emergency department. For some reason your body is burning fat stores for energy, and is not utilising the insulin and glucose. If your body isn't able to get the glucose it needs for fuel, then your baby isn't either!

Aiyana Aiyana
Only extra insulin and lots of fluids will take care of ketones. You really need to take care of this issue. If you don't know the proportion of insulin and water then you have to discuss this with your endocrinologist. The simple fact is that if you get this in control you'll feel better from top to bottom. It's very unlikely that your monitor is broken. They have no moving parts so unless you are throwing the thing around. You are doing very serious harm to your long term health. You feel crappy every day and you don't have to. Discuss having a continuous glucose monitor with your endo. You have to do fingersticks for it to work, so that still has to be done, but you'll get better control when you see that you are going to high/low. You are 14, not 4! Start acting more responsible, your behavior is ridiculous. Get your ketones down with the help of your endocrinologist then it's time to get back to testing and counting carbs and all of that stuff. It's a nuisance, but you'll really feel much better.
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Tranter Tranter
You need to get a grip of this RIGHT NOW. I had ketones....then ketoacidosis... then was hospitalised for a week till they fixed it. You cant blame a broken machine for this - get a new one! Take responsibility. Why arent your parents getting involved? If you were my kid you'd never be without one. If they dont know then TELL THEM and let them help you!! I know you're 14 and think you're invincible but THIS COULD KILL YOU!!!! EDIT: I'm assuming your rant is aimed at me so - just to clarify - you DONT take responsibility. In your words "I hardly ever bother with it." That's not being responsible. Knowing that you have to change does not mean that you will - if you were responsible you'd have done it already. For example, as anyone who has ever needed to diet knows, the intention is always there, you know what you have to do but carrying it out is a different matter. This isnt just specific to 14 year olds!! Oh, and, whatever gave you the impression I thought I was talking to a 'bad' teenager? Barring the 'invincible' comment I'd have said all of that to an adult and it's a fact that teenagers are not as aware of their own mortality as adults. Fact NOT stereotype. To think that you're better than other 14 year olds ("I'm not like the rest of them: I'm normal.....") is doing a wee bit of stereotyping yourself me thinks! You really should do something about that chip on your shoulder.
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Reece Reece
This Site Might Help You. RE: High ketones - how long will it take to get rid of them? I'm 14, type 1 diabetes. I have terrible control over my diabetes. I hardly ever bother with it. And I know I've got to change that. My sugar levels are ridiculous. So please don't just tell me that my levels need to come down - I KNOW, and I hear that enough from everyone else in my...
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Maverick Maverick
if you haven't given yourself a correction bolus do so, then rest and drink plenty of fluids to flush out your system. do not do any exercising as it will only make the ketones worse. as for your meter, go online and google "free ketone meters" and get yours replaced. don't rely on ketodiastix as it can take a few hours before ketones show up in your urine. and hopefully the "I KNOW" will sink in before the extra sugar in your bloodstream starts shredding your optic nerves, peripheral nerves and internal organs. or you go into DKA and simply die.
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Jock Jock
Assuming your blood sugar comes down, the ketones will come down in 8-20 hours. Drink more water to pass them more quickly. If you're having problems with the meter, one way to make sugar control a lot easier is to lower your sugar and carb intake severely. I went very low-carb, almost zero, having just a fruit a day, no bread, rice, potato, starch, sugar, etc. The insulin requirements went way down, correcting with sugary snacks became unnecessary and my control was much better, without more testing. I ate a lot more vegetables, dairy, cheese, nut, eggs and lean meat and fish.
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Jock Originally Answered: How long does it take to bring cholesterol levels down with diet? Mine is really high right now(240)?
Give it three months on a low-saturated-fat, low cholesterol diet. This should help, but some people cannot get their cholesterol low enough even on a strict diet and with exercise. In that case, you will have to add a statin drug to your regime. Y\In any case, you will want to keep some level of mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats in your diet to keep HDL levels from dropping too much. You really should consult a nutritionist for the best approach for your condition.

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