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From Bahrain:

We are testing our son's urine every morning using sticks that measure glucose and ketones. He is almost always in the 3+ and 4+ range of glucose. Is this okay? What should it be ideally?


If there's sugar in the urine, the blood sugar must have been over 150 (or thereabouts) sometime since your son last urinated. Since you're finding sugar in the urine on a morning sample, you can assume his blood sugar was high at sometime during the night.

This is not a desirable situation. The urine test for sugar should be "negative" if it's at all possible to get it there, as that would be a reflection that the blood sugar overnight is staying below 150.

We don't recommend using urine sugar tests as a measure of control anymore. Sometimes the only available test strips for ketones are combination strips like you've been using; we'd ignore the sugar results if you're doing blood sugar testing. The blood glucose monitoring checks would certainly be a better way to judge whether to change his treatment program.


Original posting 1 May 96


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