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February 2, 2005

Hyperglycemia and DKA

Question from USA:

Can a diabetic tell when they are producing ketones? Is there any way to smell your own breath to check for them or tatse them?


By the time you can smell ketones, you are fairly intensely ketotic. It is really a bad idea to wait that long. Blood or urine is the way to go to test. Test when the glucose is sustained high and/or you are ill. If you are vomiting, you must check right away. High glucose; high ketones, nausea and vomiting are reasons for an emergency call to the doctor.