New Meter Measures Blood Ketones—Proper Control Reduces Chances of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Jan 8, 2000

Medisense, Inc. has begun sales of its Precision Xtra meter, which measures blood ketone content as well as monitoring glucose levels.

The Precision Xtra, which made its debut in retail stores nationwide in February, uses a special strip to measure the amount of ketones in the bloodstream. The more traditional urine tests are more susceptible to adulteration than blood ketone measurements, and can fail to take into account loads that have been consumed hours before.

Ketoacidosis is caused by an excess build-up of the by-products of fat breakdown. Because fat breakdown occurs when the body has run out of or is unable to process glucose for its energy needs, Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs most often in people who have trouble meeting their insulin needs. It is most notably problematic in children, people beginning pump therapy, or pregnant women with gestational diabetes.

Nonetheless, the list of causes that can set diabetic ketoacidosis in motion is a lengthy one, and includes everything from eating disorders to alcohol abuse. Although an estimated 4.5 to 8 of every 1000 people with diabetes are diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis, proper control and monitoring can easily prevent expensive hospital visits and reduce the chances of mortality.

The Precision Xtra also measures blood glucose, can calculate blood glucose averages for varying lengths of time, and stores up to 450 results at any given time.

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