Here are some meters that can test for ketones, several of
which can test both for glucose and for ketones in the blood,
usually involving two separate test strips, though there is now
a meter that can give both readings from one test and one test
strip. All the meters listed here are available on prescription,
excluding the analyser and the Libre sensor reader, access to
which may vary according to local CCG decisions.
The FreeStyle range from Abbott
includes three blood glucose and ketone
monitoring systems. These use FreeStyle
Optium Blood Glucose Test Strips as well
as FreeStyle Optium Ketone Test Strips.
Both sets of strips can be used with the
FreeStyle Libre system (the sensor reader
is also a blood test and blood ketone
meter), as well as the FreeStyle Optium
and FreeStyle Optium Neo blood glucose
meters (top, right).
Several meters in Menarini's GlucoMen
range, including the LX PLUS, LX2 and
Area 2K, test for blood glucose and for
ketones using separate test strips. The
blood glucose strips come in packs of 50,
the ketone strips on packs of 10.
Spirit Healthcare's CareSens Dual (centre,
right) is compatible with CareSens PRO
blood glucose test strips and KetoSens
blood ketone test strips. The meter is
Bluetooth enabled and works with a free
SmartLog app (iOS and Android) to enable
users to track trends in blood glucose
readings as well as adding information on
insulin-dosing and carb-counting.
Within GlucoRx's extensive range of
blood test meters, a couple doubletest, able to report
on blood glucose
and blood ketones. The GlucoRx HCT
meter measures blood glucose, blood
ketones as well as levels of Haematocrit, if
needed. GlucoRx's 'HCT Connect' device
specifically for insulin users is a 'three-inone' system is designed for use with the
GlucoRx HCT app, available for free for
iOS or Android smartphones.
Another neat, relatively new metering
system is the Keya Smart (bottom, right).
In one routine test, this meter combines
blood glucose measurement while also
detecting blood ketones whenever they
are present, triggering an on-screen alert
allowing timely action to be taken. Alerts
are colour-coded on screen (green is
good, etc). The 2-in-1 test strip saves a bit
of faffing about with different test strips.
METERS THAT TEST FOR KETONES
Check with your GP for availability of
these meters. For other questions or
support, go to the manufacturer site and
call the careline. They may also be able
to help with advice on accessing these
meters if your GP won't prescribe the
meter you want for you.