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Patient EducationJul | 11 | 2019
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Ketones are substances the body makes when there is not enough insulin (a hormone that helps break down carbohydrates for energy) in the blood.
High levels of ketones can be dangerous or even life-threatening. They can lead to a condition called ketoacidosis (when acid builds up in the blood).
You should test your child blood for ketones if:
Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition in which there is a high number of ketones in the blood. Call the doctor if you child shows any of these signs of ketoacidosis:
Patient resources for the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Center
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