Testing Glucose or Ketones: Which is More Important?

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In this video, we’re going to talk about testing glucose and ketone levels. Which one is more important to do?

When you test your glucose:

• The lower the glucose, the higher the ketones
• The higher the glucose, the lower the ketones

When you start out, you might have a blood sugar of around 80, but as you do ketosis, you’ll find it goes lower and lower. If you’re feeling great, you probably aren’t developing hypoglycemia. 

But, there is something called the dawn phenomenon that happens for a few reasons. It may happen because of gluconeogenesis, you’re prediabetic, you have insulin resistance, or you get a spike in cortisol. 

When you test your ketones:

You can check your ketone levels through your blood, breath, or urine.

When you start out, I recommend checking your urine. When you’re more experienced, I recommend checking your blood. 

Ketones provide 30-38% of the fuel in the body. 50-60% of the fuel is going to be from fatty acids. Even though your ketones may be low, you may still be burning fat. You just can’t test it. 

I wouldn’t worry if you’re doing keto and intermittent fasting, but you’re ketones are low—it’s because probably because of the dawn phenomenon. 

Which is more important to test, glucose, or ketones?

*I think glucose is more important to test than ketones. But, I recommend testing them both to understand what’s happening and the significance of each one. 

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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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