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When should someone with type 2 diabetes check their urine for ketones?

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If you have type 2 diabetes, there isn’t much chance you’ll have too many ketones, even if you’re taking insulin. However, you could get excessive ketone levels during a severe illness. Your doctor may tell you to check your urine when:

  • You have a cold, the flu, or other illness or have unexplained nausea or vomiting.
  • Your blood sugar level is over 300 mg/dL and continues to rise throughout the day.

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 Michael Dansinger on July 17, 2020

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 Michael Dansinger on July 17, 2020

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