Beta-hydroxybutyrate a ketone body that is predominantly present in those suffering from DKA, severe diabetic ketoacidosis. For those with type 1 diabetes, as well as type 2 diabetes, testing for this ketone is critical. A serum ketone test can determine the level of this ketone in the bloodstream. While ketones in general are not harmful, in small levels, high levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate can be dangerous. For those following the newest trend, the keto diet, certain levels of ketones are desirable. However, for those with diabetes, these levels must be monitored as high levels could be deadly.

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Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical condition that occurs in those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes when there is too much acid in the blood. Symptoms of this condition include abdominal pain, prolonged nausea or vomiting, flu like symptoms, dehydration, shortness of breath, and others. High levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate can cause DKA in diabetics, and these symptoms can begin within 24 hours of reaching those levels. Patients must learn to monitor these levels and contact their physician immediately if and when these symptoms occur.

Vidan Diagnostics in San Antonio provides accurate testing kits for determining beta-hydroxybutyrate levels. If you are interested in learning more about DKA or how testing can help you to avoid this serious medical issue, please visit us online today at or call us at (210) 960-4881 with any questions.