Well with the kids sick lately (stomach bug), everyone is asking what are Ketones.
I got this off a web page to explain it better than I ever could
Ketones are broken down fat cells. When your body cannot use
carbohydrates, the bodies preferred source of energy, for your energy
requirements, it begins to break down fat, a stored form of energy.
Although this may seem like a positive thing, it isn't.
When your body
is breaking down fat instead of carbohydrates, it means one of two
things. One, your body is in starvation mode, or two, you are suffering
from diabetes. If your urine and breath smell unusually sweet, ketones
are likely present.
Since chances are you aren't starving, diabetes
is the likely culprit. In diabetes, your body is unable to utilize
glucose, the usable form of carbohydrates, and therefore must rely on
your body fat for energy. Though this may seem like a positive way to
lose weight, ketones also build up in your blood stream. When too many
ketones are present in the blood, a condition known as acidosis occurs.
Acidosis is when your bloods acidic level is too high. Prolonged
acidosis will cause death. Other possible but less likely causes of
ketonuria are liver disease or too many high fat, low carbohydrate
When the kids have Ketones its not good ...
This morning Craig had a trace amount of Ketones and an upset stomach..
When the kids are puking..and not able to get insulin because their blood sugar isnt high enough..then its really hard to get rid of those ketones..
Also dehydration can cause Ketones too..
Craig is feeling much better this evening..and has no Ketones.. yay!
Now, hoping our family is DONE with the stomach flu!