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.
July 29, 2003
Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Question from Aiken, South Carolina, USA:
What is the difference between urine ketone and blood ketone monitoring? What products are available to monitor blood ketones? I can't find any in my local stores.
It is easier (and cheaper) to check urine for ketones. You have probably seen and used the special urine strips that change color, depending on the presence and degree of ketones in the urine. Commonly, the concentration of urine ketones is depicted as either “negative”, “trace”, “small”, “moderate”, or “large”. Moderate to large ketones in the urine often requires intervention.
Ketones in blood can also be checked with a special blood strip for use with the Precision Xtra Either technique is fine. Urine ketone checking is less expensive but perhaps less convenient.