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Old 07-30-2013, 19:08   #1
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I have been low carb, less than 25g/day, for the last week and was sure I was in ketosis but thought I would check with the ReliOn test strips from Walmart. My result was 40mg/dl on their chart which they call moderate. Everything I have read lists ketones as mmol and it is said ketosis is from 0.5 to 5.0 mmol. I thing 40mg/dl converts to about 2.2 mmol but I am not sure. If someone understands this better than me I would like to know if I am doing the conversion right.
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I have been low carb, less than 25g/day, for the last week and was sure I was in ketosis but thought I would check with the ReliOn test strips from Walmart. My result was 40mg/dl on their chart which they call moderate. Everything I have read lists ketones as mmol and it is said ketosis is from 0.5 to 5.0 mmol. I thing 40mg/dl converts to about 2.2 mmol but I am not sure.
I use these strips as well, but the only thing they tell you is if you are spilling Ketones in the urine, excess Ketones at that. The color code really doesn't tell you more other than the darker the color, the more your kidneys are taking out of the blood.

You have to get a special meter and strips to accurately measure blood Ketones, which is rather expensive and I'm not willing to buy. I'm satisfied to know that I'm producing Ketones by the excess production as indicated by the strip.

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If your showing any color on the urine test strip your in ketosis.
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Thanks, that is pretty much what I thought. I was confident that I was in ketosis because of the carbs I was eating but I was curious so decided to check with the strips. I also know that they are not that accurate and it depends on when you test and I agree, I don't feel a need to pay for the meter to test blood for ketones. I was just kind of confused by the difference between mg/dl and mmol but like you say if it changes color you're there.

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if it changes color you're there.
Also, if there is no color change, this is NOT an absolute indication that you are not in ketosis - only that you are not spilling excess ketones. If you're using up the ketones, then there's no excess to measure.

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One thing to remember with the ketostix is they show the concentration of excess ketones at that particular time. So if you're dehydrated, it may show a higher level of ketones than if you're well hydrated.

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