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Blood test showed increased levels of ketones. Should i be concerned?

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i rang my gp for results of a blood test ....he is looking at my thyroid levels which are low........but he also said the keytones in my kidneys where high and was i drinking properly if i am there could be problems with my kidneys is this something i should be concerned about it related to diabetes.
Posted Tue, 13 Aug 2013 in Kidney Conditions
Answered by Dr. Venkat Sivayogi 25 minutes later
Hi there,

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Increased levels of ketone bodies are seen in following conditions:

1.Excessive alcohol intake
2.Fasting or starvation
3.Low carbohydrate intake
4.Severe exercise.
5.Diabetes- uncontrolled

Slightly increased levels of ketone bodies are seen in conditions 1,2,3 and 4.
But there will be high levels of ketones seen in uncontrolled- Diabetes.

So to rule out specific problem which is causing raised levels of ketone should be sorted out. I advise you to consult your treating Physician as soon as possible.

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Follow-up: Blood test showed increased levels of ketones. Should i be concerned? 22 hours later
conditions 1-4 do not apply to me and i was tested for diabetes and was told i was
not diabetic... my doctor is away at present very confused be I took the other doctor up wrong...but he kept asking if I drank enough water and did i have problems with my kidneys in the past ....i could drink more water....
i dont get a lot of exercise, i dont drink or smoke and im not a dieter so i dont understand the only option is diabetes but i was cleared for that ???
Answered by Dr. Venkat Sivayogi 56 minutes later

Welcome back,

If any of the above mentioned conditions doesn't apply for you, I would suggest you to repeat the tests(test for ketone bodies & blood sugar levels) again . Because some times laboratory errors can happen.

Get back to me if you have any further doubts.
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