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From Phoenix, Arizona, USA:

Do Type 2 diabetics produce ketones? I'm a 41 year old overweight female. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes approximately 1 year ago, diet controlled. My sister, niece, and son are Type 1 diabetics. I have two other sons that have tested positive for ICA's. Two years ago I tested negative for ICA's. I have been having small ketones on a regular basis with blood glucose levels at 150-185. Moderate ketones with blood glucose of 264. Is it possible that I am an evolving type 1? I was under the impression that Type 2's did not have to worry about ketones.


People with Type 2 diabetes can spill ketones during an illness (and may temporarily need insulin). Given your strong family history of Type 1 diabetes, it is also possible, that you are slowly developing Type 1 diabetes (at the early stage of Type 1 diabetes, ketones may not be present). If you are spilling ketones, I suggest you contact your own physician for further evaluation.


Original posting 29 Mar 97


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