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How can I bring down my ketone levels if I have diabetes?

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Call your doctor to find out whether you need more insulin. They might tell you to go to the closest emergency room. You can also try these steps to bring down your ketone levels:

  • Drink extra water to flush them out of your body
  • Test your blood sugar every 3 to 4 hours
  • Don't exercise if you have high blood sugar and high ketones

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Blood Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Checking for Ketones." "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: "Type 1 Diabetes Facts."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Self-blood glucose monitoring in diabetes mellitus (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 6, 2020

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Blood Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Checking for Ketones." "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: "Type 1 Diabetes Facts."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Self-blood glucose monitoring in diabetes mellitus (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 6, 2020

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