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Diabetes question lov'n Morgan 17 kids; Hickory, North Carolina 2355 posts
24th Nov '12

The urine strips that you can buy at the store....will they tell you if you are diabetic or it are they just a tool that people with diabetes use? I'm really worried that I'm diabetic.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56007 posts
status 24th Nov '12

If you think you are diabetic, you NEED to see a doctor



those strips won't be helpful to you. You need specific diagnosing.

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
24th Nov '12

They will tell you if there's glucose in your urine, which usually points to diabetes, yes.



What kinds of symptoms are you having?

Van West Auckland, NZ, New Zealand 3169 posts
24th Nov '12

Urine strips .... the ones to test for ketones? I would make an appointment to see your doctor if you think you might have diabetes, he/she will give you some blood tests to figure it out.

lov'n Morgan 17 kids; Hickory, North Carolina 2355 posts
24th Nov '12

I'm always tired, hungry, lots of headaches, extremely thirsty, dizziness and my mom is diabetic so I know I could get it too. I probably think about it too much.

lov'n Morgan 17 kids; Hickory, North Carolina 2355 posts
24th Nov '12
Quoting Blah:" Urine strips .... the ones to test for ketones? I would make an appointment to see your doctor if you think you might have diabetes, he/she will give you some blood tests to figure it out."

yes the ones for ketones! I don't have insurance for another 2 or 3 weeks but I'm going to go when I can

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
24th Nov '12

You should definitely make a doctor's appointment...self-diagnosing is never good. Even if it turns out you're wrong, it's still better to put your mind at ease.

I'm me 4 kids; Kentucky 3109 posts
24th Nov '12

just because someone is diabetic it doesn't mean that there is large amounts of glucose in the urine. It is mostly when the glucose levels are high and untreated that there is glucose in the urine. ketones and glucose in the urine are two total different things. Ketones are produce when the body is not using the glucose correctly. This causes the body to break down muscle and fat to use as energy and the ketones are the by product. DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis) occurs if the body is breaking down the fat and muscle. It is a very serious condition.
The best way to find out if you are diabetic is to go to the dr and they will do a glucose tolerance test.