(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.