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How to normalize high ketones and low potassium in urine?

Had a feeling I was going pass out yesterday that didn't go away for around 3 hours. Went to the emergency room to get checked out. All tests were normal except for high levels of ketones in my urine and really low levels of potassium. Doctor just though it was my diet. I am eating normal! Just cut out junk food and un healthy snacks. It makes no sense at all. I am 6'1 195 pounds 25 years old, healthy athlete.
Tue, 1 Jul 2014
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Hi,
Ketone bodies are byproducts of fat metabolism due to carbohydrates deficiency secondary to reduced intake or due to insulin problems. It is commonly seen in diabetes mellitus, starvation, excessive vomiting, strenuous exercise and mal-absorption.
If you are on a diet, and have removed carbohydrates from your diet, then the fat metabolism could have given rise to ketone bodies.
Normally measurable amounts of ketone bodies are not seen in urine, so when it appears, importantly diabetes mellitus needs to be ruled out. Other causes based on history can be evaluated with relevant investigations.
Potassium deficiency is also secondary to low carbohydrate diet. Improve your diet and try to maintain a balance between nutrition and exercise.
Any further queries, happy to help again.

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How to normalize high ketones and low potassium in urine?

Hi, Ketone bodies are byproducts of fat metabolism due to carbohydrates deficiency secondary to reduced intake or due to insulin problems. It is commonly seen in diabetes mellitus, starvation, excessive vomiting, strenuous exercise and mal-absorption. If you are on a diet, and have removed carbohydrates from your diet, then the fat metabolism could have given rise to ketone bodies. Normally measurable amounts of ketone bodies are not seen in urine, so when it appears, importantly diabetes mellitus needs to be ruled out. Other causes based on history can be evaluated with relevant investigations. Potassium deficiency is also secondary to low carbohydrate diet. Improve your diet and try to maintain a balance between nutrition and exercise. Any further queries, happy to help again.