In the past year, how many times have you checked for ketones? Never 17% 18 A few times 51% 53 Almost every month 17% 17 Almost every week 11% 11 More than once a week 4% 4 Almost everyday 0% 0 I don't know what ketones are 0% 0
Total votes: 103
In the past year, how many times have you checked for ketones?Poll dates: November 7 - 14, 2012
Total Votes: 103
Two-thirds (68%) of our readers report checking for ketones a few times per year or less. Less than one in five (17%) report checking every month, and 11% report checking almost once a week (that's a lot). These results are very similar to previous times we've run this poll (see table below).
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. Two recent studies stand out:
- Sick day management using blood 3-hydroxybutyrate (3-OHB) compared with urine ketone monitoring reduces hospital visits in young people with T1DM: a randomized clinical trial.
- Early detection of insulin deprivation in continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion-treated patients with type 1 diabetes.
You can check blood ketones using the Precision Xtra or the Nova Max Plus meters, which also can be used to check blood glucose.
This table summarizes the results of this poll over the past years:
Answer Nov 2012 Nov 2010 Nov 2009 Nov 2008 Dec 2007 Dec 2006 Dec 2005 Sep 2004 Sep 2003 Never 17% 15% 14% 15% 11% 14% 15% 14% 13% A few times 51% 51% 52% 49% 45% 45% 48% 50% 43% Almost every month 17% 22% 15% 16% 21% 19% 19% 17% 18% Almost every week 11% 6% 9% 7% 9% 9% 8% 9% 10% More than once a week 4% 2% 4% 4% 5% 4% 4% 3% 5% Almost everyday 0% 2% 1% 3% 3% 3% 1% 2% 4% I don't know what ketones are 0% 1% 1% 3% 3% 2% 2% 1% 3%
For more information, see our page about Hyperglycemia and Ketone Testing.
Last Updated: Wednesday November 14, 2012 11:08:30
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