Glucose Ketone Index (GKI): Everything You Need To Know
In this video, we talk about the Glucose Ketone Index (GKI). While it’s not extremely necessary to compute this number, it may help you decide what your goals are and how to tweak your diet to achieve those goals.
How to Calculate the Glucose Ketone Index (GKI) Ratio:
To start with, we need a blood glucose/ketone meter. We need to take our blood glucose levels and our blood ketone levels. Then we need to do a little math. Essentially, we divide our glucose/18/blood ketone levels and that will give us a ration.
What the Glucose Ketone Index (GKI) Ratio Means:
- A GKI of between 6-9 demonstrates a low level of ketosis, which is appropriate for weight loss or maintaining optimal health and weight.
- A GKI of 3-6 demonstrates moderate levels of ketosis, which is appropriate for addressing many common metabolic diseases.
- A GKI of less than 3 is a high level of ketosis, which is typically used for addressing epilepsy and cancers. Entering this very low number/high level of ketosis periodically each year can be beneficial for anyone hoping to use ketosis for disease prevention.
- Anything above 9 generally means no ketosis.
How the Glucose Ketone Index (GKI) Specifically Helps:
It is not imperative to have extremely low numbers. Sometimes it is helpful to know if we’re at our optimal level for what we hope to achieve through the ketogenic diet. Some want to control epilepsy, diabetes, lower cholesterol etc.
What’s so special about the glucose ketone index is that it lets you track both glucose and ketones at the same time, taking into account how they work together. It’s a way to know your optimal state for addressing all sorts of health conditions.
Tracking this number benefits you over simply measuring ketone levels. That’s because even if you’re deeply in ketosis, you could still have high blood glucose levels that throw things off and affect your health. Essentially, it gives you a more full picture of your metabolic health.
The numbers you can expect to target depend on your intentions for being in ketosis. Is your goal weight loss, better overall health, or for treatment of more serious conditions like type 2 diabetes, obesity, or cancer?
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