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In the past year, how many times have you tested for ketones?








A few times






Almost every month






Almost every week






More than once a week






Almost everyday






I don't know what ketones are






Total votes: 492


In the past year, how many times have you tested for ketones?

Poll dates: September 26 - October 3, 2004
Total Votes: 492

Over half of our readers (56%) report testing a few times per year or less. Less than one-fifth (17%) report testing every month, and only 9% report testing almost once a week.

For people who check ketones frequently, urine test strips in a vial are the most economical, costing as little as 16 cents per strip. For those who test infrequently, foil wrapped ketone strips are a better choice because vials expire 90 days after opening. Foil wrapped strips cost about 40 cents per strip, but you don't waste lots of strips due to expiration.

However, there is a better way to check for ketones -- checking for blood ketones. We have a summary of the benefits of blood ketone testing, along with citations to recent studies, in our Care Suggestions page (see item five).

For people who check blood ketones using the Precision Xtra, ketone test strips cost about $30 for eight, or about $3.75 per test. If you check for ketones 10 times per year, that's about $40 per year, about the same price you'd pay to keep your urine ketone strips current. If you check more frequently, then urine ketone strips are less expensive.

This table compares the results from this poll with the results the last time we ran it a year ago:

Answer    Sep 2004 Sep 2003
Never    14% 13%
A few times    50% 43%
Almost every month    17% 18%
Almost every week    9% 10%
More than once a week    3% 5%
Almost everyday    2% 4%
I don't know what ketones are    1% 3%

For more information, see our page about Hyperglycemia and Ketone Testing.

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