Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (16) and Madi (7) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 146

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 meals."

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!

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