Common "Ketone" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The main source of energy for the body is glucose, which is found in a wide variety of foods. If the cells do not receive enough glucose to operate, the body produces ketone bodies. High levels of ketones in the body can be dangerous and it often occurs in the case of patients with uncontrolled diabetes; this condition is known as diabetic ketoacidosis. Ketone bodies can be tested through various tests because they can be detected in blood and urine samples.

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Can you please give your opinion about my dad's diabetes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached the blood reports. And, with that it was diagnosed as diabetes. Please share your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The reports provided suggest inadequate glycemic control, and it's essential to clarify whether these readings pertain to the individual seeking medical advice or represent a new patient with limited prior experience in managing diabetes. Understanding the patient's c...  Read Full »

Why is my ketone value marked in red?

Query: Hi doctor, I am currently looking at my urinalysis results. There is something that I am trying to understand. My ketone is 40 mg/dL and marked with a red square flag. What does this mean? Should I be worried or concerned about this? When this test was performed they told me that everything was norm...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The ketones can be positive under certain conditions. The most important ones are starvation for long hours, hyperglycemia (extremely high blood sugar) and alcoholism (too much consumption). What I understand is that all the values are in normal range and only ketones...  Read Full »

What are the alternatives for tablet Amitriptyline to induce sleep?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 49-year-old female with a height of 164 cm and a weight of 97 kgs. Ten years back, I had a gastric bypass, so I lost up to 50 kgs. But now I have gained 30 kg. I have been concerned about my weight for the past 25 years. I do not have co-morbidities but have a congenital issue on my...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi,Welcome back to condition requires a multi-systemic approach. First, we should identify the secondary cause of unhealthy weight. From the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), you have elevated serum ferritin and C-reactive protein. Are you suff...  Read Full »

Can ketosis cause abdominal pain with green stools?

Query: Male, 21, 5'7, 130lbs Hello, I went to the urgent care yesterday because I've been feeling morning sickness for a while and what I figured out there is the doctor said from viewing my urine that my body is in ketosis and I'm severely dehydrated. He had me fast the rest of the day and this morning I...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Thank you for reaching out to us. I’m very sorry to learn about what you have to go through. I will try my very best to help you. Based on your height and weight you are by no means underweight, your BMI is completely normal. Of course it can be that you suffer from malnutrition due to some ...  Read Full »

Can increased levels of ketones affect baby during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 32 weeks pregnant. I have gestational diabetes since 24 weeks. I did not have much apetite during whole pregnancy due to my stomach problems and I did not put on weight too much. Now it is better. I was told to check my ketones since 25 week. And I did. There was always +/- in the m...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me start by assuring you that your baby is absolutely fine and will not have any problems in future life. Let me tell you how. Usually, mother always has a poor appetite and poor food intake during the first half of pregnancy. This is due to the hormones of pregnanc...  Read Full »

How can ketone level be decreased in a diabetic patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a diabetes patient. My sugar level in fasting is above 350 mg/dL and I checked ketone in urine, it was found to be 4+. My height is 5' 5" approximately and weight is 136 pounds. What can I do for ketone?  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Ketones usually develop more often in T1 diabetes. Especially when there is no adequate insulin and glucose levels are higher than 300 to 350 mg. It is necessary to take adequate water to eliminate those through urine. Avoid exercise when ketones are present. Try and...  Read Full »

Is the presence of ketones in urine a sign of kidney damage?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 5 feet and 5 inches, 112 lbs and eat a normal diet. I recently had a urine test with trace ketones, although negative for glucose. My test showed cloudy clarity and presence of crystals. All the other values on the urine test were normal. I also had normal blood tests. My doctor is...  Read Full »

Dr. Pankaj Jawandhiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The body generally uses glucose as its source of energy. When it uses fat as a source of energy, ketones are formed. It is a common finding in diabetes, called as diabetic ketoacidosis. It can also occur during starvation when glucose is not available as an ...  Read Full »

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