Glucose (a type of sugar) is the body's main energy source. But when the body can't use glucose for energy, it uses fat instead. When fats are broken down for energy, chemicals called ketones appear in the blood and urine. This can occur when not enough food has been eaten to provide glucose for energy, or it can occur in diabetes, when the body can't use glucose normally.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995–2014 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.
Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below:
In This Issue
Download Summer 2015 (PDF)
This 30-second video features
Dr. Carlos Villavicencio
of Seattle Children’s Hospital giving tips for preventing window falls.
Este video de 30 segundos presenta los consejos del doctor
, de Seattle Children's Hospital, para prevenir caídas desde ventanas.
Dr. Carin Cunningham
, a psychologist who specializes in treating gastrointestinal diseases, offers insights into the emotional and psychological toll
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
can take. Families affected by IBD share how they have learned to better deal with their child's illness.