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Question: trace amounts of ketones in urine

 Sweet Pea - Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:03 pm

For the past month, I have sometimes noticed a very sweet smell when urinating, as well as when exhaling through my nose. Urinalysis strips show I sometimes have trace amounts of ketones, but never any glucose. Could this possibly be the early onset of diabetes, or would glucose be present as well? (I have also lost 10 pounds, which I don't mind, but I haven't changed my eating patterns--I am 5'3 and I went from 142 lbs to 132 lbs. In addition, I'm experiencing genital itching which may be my first vaginal yeast infection.)
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:28 am

User avatar Hello,A low pH and other substances containing sulfhydryl group such as antihypertensive drugs,N acetylcystene,high sulfur foods may show traces of ketones in the urine as a false positive reaction.Since you do not have glycosuria keosis is unlikely.Starvation diets could again show ketones.Best for you to get evaluated by your doctor and get the blood tests done, to be sure.Best wishes.

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