Ketones Urine

(Contributed by Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

The purpose of this test is to detect the presence of ketones in the urine. It may be done to:

  • Monitor a person on a very low-carbohydrate diet.
  • Monitor a pregnant woman with diabetes or who has developed gestational diabetes.
  • Having diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Being on a very low-carbohydrate diet.
  • Being starving or having an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, alcoholism, or poisoning from drinking rubbing alcohol.
  • Not having eaten for 18 hours or longer.
  • Being pregnant.
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