Clinical Significance

Ketones are chemicals that are produced by body if cells do not get enough glucose. This test, which determines the level of ketones in blood, is recommended if a person is on ketogenic diet. Elevated ketone levels are also seen if person is fasting, exercising or consuming more dietary fats than usual or is on diet with restricted calories. High ketone levels may indicate a life-threatening complication of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), in which the blood becomes too acidic.

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