Blood sugar monitoring and diabetes go hand in hand. In order to manage diabetes, it is important that patients monitor their blood glucose levels in order to determine if and when insulin is needed. Monitoring in diabetes also includes b-hydroxybutyrate levels. These ketones, while not technically dangerous in the average person, can mean a serious medical condition in those who have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

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It is important to understand that all ketone bodies are not detected in a urine test. B-hydroxybutyrate is not detected using urine strips and instead, requires blood monitoring. Urine testing for this particular ketone could give a false indication of whether or not it is evident in the bloodstream. High levels of this ketone could mean diabetic ketoacidosis which is a very serious medical condition that requires attention immediately.

For diabetics, monitoring is crucial, particularly monitoring the blood for high levels of certain ketones, such as b-hydroxybutyrate. Vidan Diagnostics in San Antonio offers monitoring supplies for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes that can help to detect if this ketone is evident in high levels, which can indicate when the patient requires medical attention. If you are a diabetic and have questions about ketone monitoring, please reach out to us by calling (210) 960-4881 or visit us at to learn more about these and other monitoring supplies that we offer.