If you are familiar with the keto diet, you know all about ketones. Ketones are an alternative fuel source for the body when glucose is in short supply.
The glucose ketone index (GKI) is a metric that allows you to monitor the state of your metabolic health. Tracking your ketone levels, lets you know how far you are into ketosis. The GKI shows the relationship between your ketone levels and your glucose levels.
Stress, fasting, or a high-fat meal can affect your ketone measurement. A single reading is therefore not an accurate representation of your health. The GKI on the other hand combines glucose and ketone levels to provide a more complete picture. For example, even with ideal ketone levels for weight loss, high blood glucose levels can affect your health goals and prevent you from receiving the full benefits of ketosis.
The GKI number you strive for depends on your health goal, but generally, a lower GKI is preferred.
|RESULT||WHAT IT MEANS|
|≥9||You have not reached ketosis yet.|
|6-9||You’re in a low level of ketosis. Ideal for anyone whose goal is weight loss or maintaining optimal health.|
|3-6||You’re in a moderate level of ketosis. Ideal for those with type 2 diabetes, obesity or insulin resistance.|
|≤3||You’re in a high therapeutic level of ketosis. Ideal for patients who have cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease.|
The GKI formula is quite straightforward: