Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 27, 2001
Weight and Weight Loss
Question from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA:
I have had type�1 diabetes for 15 years and am trying to lose about 30 pounds, and I am combining a decrease in calories with increased exercise. I learned in a biochemistry class a few years ago that it is a natural response of the body to produce ketones when it burns fat. The other day, just out of curiosity, I checked my ketones in the morning, and I had small ketones. This morning I checked again and they were trace. My blood sugars have been wonderful (68 and 90 mg/dl [3.8 and 5 mmol/L]) when I had the ketones. Is this just part of the normal response of the body when losing weight? Do I need to be concerned about the possibility of ketoacidosis?
It is common to produce a small amount of ketones overnight because of prolonged fasting. The problem of DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis] is of more concern when blood sugars remain over 250 mg/dl [13.9 mmol/L].