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How to Test for Ketosis

Ketone urine-testing strips, also known as Ketostix or "ketone sticks" are strips with a small absorptive pad. This pad contains a chemical reagent that changes color (usually within 15-20 seconds) in the presence of ketones in the urine. The keytone-strips change to varying shades of pink and purple. The ketone-strips' container has a scale on the label, with illustrative blocks of color to help you identify the shade of your ketone-testing strip.

Keytone Test Strips Need Careful Handling

The chemical reagent on the ketone-test strip is very sensitive to moisture, including moisture in the air, so be sure to keep the lid of the container tightly closed at all times, except when removing a strip to take a reading. And be sure that your hands are dry when using your strip. Once opened, ketone-strips have a shelf-life of about 6 months.

How to Buy Testing Strips

Ketone test strips can be purchased at any pharmacy, or chemist, and are usually found along with diabetic products. Ketone-testing strips do not require a prescription.

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