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What is the main test for high blood sugar in people with diabetes?

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Your doctor could ask you to take a test that looks for ketones. Your body makes them when it doesn't have enough insulin and turns to fat stores to create energy for your cells. Ketones are toxic in large amounts. Too many of them can cause a life-threatening emergency condition called ketoacidosis.

SOURCES: 

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Checking for Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)."

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

SOURCES: 

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Checking for Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)."

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

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