Learn what ketones are, how they are measured, and what to do with the information
Some people with diabetes have a higher risk for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) – which can be a frightening complication (click here for a background on DKA). Type 1 patients are at higher risk than type 2 patients, and among type 1 patients, those who are on a class of drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors are more susceptible to DKA. The good news is that keeping tabs on ketone levels at home can help lower the chance of this complication. This article will break down what ketones are, how and when to measure ketones, and what to do with different ketone levels.
For more in-depth information on when it is most important to measure ketones, click here for our deep dive on DKA.