Survey: Many parents unfamiliar with at-home test

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

ALAMEDA, Calif. - More than one-third of parents of children with type 1 diabetes are unaware of an at-home ketone test that may help prevent diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is the leading cause of death among children with diabetes. The survey, conducted by Children with Diabetes and Abbot Diabetes Care, found that more than 30% of parents test their child's ketone levels only once or twice a month and 30% didn't know that testing for blood ketones could be done at home using a meter, while 75% of parents still use the traditional urine-testing method.