Ketone Monitoring

I think I got the ketosis deal down. Full of energy today. Ketones measured this morning and they were down to a manageable 1.5, so, it is true that night time is higher than morning. Therefore, I will be measuring in the morning from now on. Many say in the group that urine strips aren’t very reliable in showing accurate levels, some test using a meter for that, which requires a blood sample. I looked up information for a meter to see what this entails and if I can afford one and came across this:

[How to Interpret the Results for Ketogenic Diets

If you are new to ketogenic diets and have a goal of nutritional ketosis (often defined as between 0.5 and 3 mmol/L), know that it can take two to four weeks to get consistently into this range. It often takes a fair amount of tweaking to figure out what you can and can’t eat, even for people who are low-carb veterans.

The ketone meter was developed to alert people with insulin-dependent diabetes to the signs of dangerous diabetic ketoacidosis. However, if you do not have diabetes and are on a ketogenic diet, you are using it for a different reason entirely. In this case, high ketones are not a sign of high blood glucose, are not caused by protein breakdown, and are not toxic. For detailed information about nutritional ketosis, check out the books by Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney: “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” and  “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.”]

After last nights high reading, this was a relief. I am gaining confidence as I understand how I should be feeling and what I need to do to get there and stay there. The meter Nova Max sells in the $40.00 range, not bad. What is bad are the ketone strips which sell for $20.00 for just 10 strips! That’s expensive. The needles are less expensive, around $15.00 for 100. Think I’ll be sticking with the less accurate urine ketone strips.

My glasses:  I went for an appointment today and was told that I can’t go till September if I want it covered. Guess I’m waiting till September. In the mean time, I bought reading glasses at Shoppers. They now have reading glasses that have three vision fields in them. One is for reading, middle one for computer and top one for distance. That’s a good temporary fix. They were $36.00. Not wearing my regular glasses caused me to discover a new milestone today. I don’t wear sunglasses because my prescription glasses include transitions. I began wearing transitions because switching from sunglasses to prescription caused me to lose three pairs of prescription glasses and so many sun glasses I was buying them at the Dollar Store. This became a problem after a MS attack caused damage to the cognitive section of my brain and weakened my short term memory. So, what is the new milestone? I have had a sensitivity to sunlight and vision almost 10 years, it started during the cognitive attack.  I cannot tolerate bright sun without sunglasses, (this is a symptom I didn’t think to add to my symptoms page. I will be sure to update that on the first). Today was a hot, bright, sunny day. I had no prescription transition glasses to wear and I do not own a pair of sunglasses. I took a bus and I had no irritation what so ever from the sun in my eyes. Its gone. It didn’t bother me so much so that I didn’t even think to buy sunglasses, because obviously these readers are not equipped for the sun.


Bonne Sante



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