Even if you’re a seasoned Keto Zone eater, you may be interested in seeing how ketosis affects your overall metabolic health. While you know you eat low-carb, what’s your Glucose Ketone Index (GKI)? And, why does it matter?
The GKI indicates the relationship between your glucose levels and your ketone levels. It’s associated with metabolic health and has been found to be an important indicator of outcomes in studies on chronic diseases including some cancers.
And especially if you’ve had a history of prediabetes or diabetes, your glucose levels still matter. They may shift due to fasting reactions, hormones, some high-fat meals, and more. The GKI provides one goal number ketones and glucose rather than 2 separate ones.
If you are able to track both glucose and ketones, it’s worthwhile to track your GKI. Here’s how to monitor it.
What is Glucose Ketone Index (GKI)?
GKI can be very useful because you can choose a target number based on your personal goals. For those using ketosis for its medical benefits such as conjunctive cancer treatment or for brain health, a therapeutic target number is correlated with better outcomes in studies.
In fact, GKI was first developed by a researcher who found that specific cancer cells grew by utilizing glucose in the brain. When he both reduced glucose readings and increase neuroprotective ketones, he improved the outcomes of his patients.