Blood ketone tests can detect impending diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) if ketone bodies are present in the circulation in greater than normal concentrations. With starvation or low carbohydrate ketogenic diets, large concentrations of ketones can also be present. For a few diseases, ketogenic diets are used as treatment and are managed with ketone testing. DKA is often caused by an absolute absence of insulin or in a few cases as a side effect of SGLT2 Inhibitor therapy. Few patients test their ketone concentrations because they (1) do not understand the importance of blood ketone testing, (2) find it inconvenient to carry a special type of test strip and monitor for ketone testing, or (3) do not know what to do with the ketone information. New digital health tools for measuring ketones are being developed that will make testing ketones and responding to elevated ketone concentrations more available and automatic.
The objectives of this webinar will be to educate healthcare professionals and to address the following 12 questions:
What are ketones?
When should ketones be tested in people with diabetes?
What conditions are associated with elevated ketone levels?
What are normal levels of ketones and what levels are dangerous?
What ketone level indicates diabetic ketoacidosis?
What is euglycemic ketoacidosis and why does it occur?
What actions are recommended for various levels of abnormal ketones at home?
How is diabetic ketoacidosis best treated in the hospital?
Should adults and children be assessed for abnormal ketone levels with the same technology?
What is the best type of matrix or body fluid to measure ketones?
Should ketones ever be measured in people who do not have diabetes?
Can ketone levels be measured continuously like glucose is measured continuously?
Diabetes Technology Society invites healthcare professionals to hear a discussion by five experts in ketone monitoring about recent advances in this field.