What is Hematocrit? What are Ketones?

The video below provides information about the LifeSmart™ diabetes range, plus information about Hematocrit and Ketones for diabetes patients.


Setup Instructions – LifeSmart™ Blood Glucose Meter

The video below provides instructions for the initial setup of the LifeSmart™ Blood Glucose Meter.


The LifeSmart Blood Glucose and Ketone Monitoring System is used to test for:

  • Hematocrit
  • Blood Glucose
  • and Ketone.

The LifeSmart range consists of everything you need, to accurately test for each of these. Including:

  • A Blood Glucose meter, in Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth,
  • Blood Glucose test strips, on the NDSS,
  • Ketone strips,
  • individual lancets,
  • a lancing device
  • and safety lancets for single use.

Why test for Hematocrit?

Hematocrit is the volume ratio of red blood cells in a sample of blood.

Hematocrit percentage can interfere with the accuracy of the test strips diabetes patients use to self-monitor blood glucose.

Self-monitoring patients with hematocrit percentage outside of the normal range, may result in bias or inaccurate readings from their blood glucose meter.

Low hematocrit values can result in an abnormally high blood glucose reading and high hematocrit values can result in an abnormally low blood glucose reading.

Hematocrit percentage can vary greatly between patients, this is why the LifeSmart Blood Glucose strip uses advanced technology to separate the blood sample, first calculating the hematocrit percentage in order to achieve an accurate blood glucose reading.

Every blood glucose reading taken with the LifeSmart monitor, will calculate and display both the hematocrit percentage and a blood glucose number.

What are Ketones?

Ketones are produced by the body when it does not have enough insulin to turn glucose into energy.

It is normal for people to have a small amount of ketones in the blood from time to time if they increase their energy output by exercising or are eating less calories.

Ketone levels are generally higher in people with type 1 diabetes when there are insufficient levels of insulin in their body.

If the body produces high levels of ketones, this can cause the blood to become acidic which can lead to illness and potential harm to critical organs if not treated in time. This is known as diabetic ketoacidosis.

Ketones are easily and accurately measured with the LifeSmart Ketone test strip and LifeSmart Blood Glucose and Ketone Monitoring System.