Blood ketones are best measured on a fasted stomach in the morning (before breakfast, that is). Here are a few pointers on how to interpret the result:
- Below 0.5 mmol/L is not considered “ketosis”. At this level, you’re far away from maximum fat-burning.
- Between 0.5-1.5 mmol/L is light nutritional ketosis. You’ll be getting a good effect on your weight, but not optimal.
- Around 1.5 – 3 mmol/L is what’s called optimal ketosis and is recommended for maximum weight loss.
- Values of over 3 mmol/L aren’t neccessary. That is, they will make neither better nor worse results than being at the 1.5-3 level. Higher values can also sometimes mean that you’re not getting enough food.
- 65 to 105 mg/dl than we can say this is a normal blood sugar level for a healthy person.
- The concentration of glucose in the blood of healthy people in the morning on an empty stomach is between 68 and 108 mg/dl.
- Two hours after consuming foods or drinks rich in carbohydrates, the values are usually between 120 and 140 mg/.
Why test blood sugar and ketones
Blood sugar testing — or self-monitoring blood glucose — provides useful information for diabetes and weight management. It can help you:
- Understand how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels
- Understand how other factors, such as illness or stress, affect blood sugar levels
- Monitor the effect of medications on blood sugar levels
- Identify blood sugar levels that are dangerously high or low
When to test blood sugar
- Since I am not diabetic, and these measurements will be done so I can fully understand the effect of food on glucose and ketones blood levels I will mainly test in the AM, on a fasted stomach, but I can do the testing as many times a day or before and after certain meals, before and after exercise, before bed, and occasionally during the night. I’ll check more often if I’m ill, change my daily routine or begin a new medication.