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Ketone reading low

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by vxrich, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. vxrich

    vxrich Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been really really strict with diet over the last 4 days and my ketone level was reading 0.9 2 days ago. It was 0.7 yesterday and 0.1 this morning at 6.45am? Does it make a difference on the time of day when I test? What am I doing wrong!!?
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Apparently ketones tend to be highest at night, from what I've read.
     
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    reidpj · Well-Known Member

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    I concur (I really like that word for some reason :)). Readings tend to be at their lowest in the mornings - unless, of course, you're a shift worker, then.....
     
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    vxrich Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not to worry! I've just checked and it's now 1.9! Maybe I am normal after all!
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    How are you measuring them? If you use the "wee sticks" you may not see very high levels in your urine if you're well into ketosis as there'll be fewer passed out as waste - you body's utilising them better.

    When I remember I check my ketones last thing at night and soon after i wake up. I use a Ketonix "breathalyser" so don't have actual figures, but on the whole they're lower in the evening. I've ranged recently from few or no ketones (blue/ green see chart below) through to high levels(yellow/red). I don't worry too much because on average they will be in the mid range when I get up, and I believe their levels are probably changing all the time.with the amount of fat I've eaten, the amount of energy I've used, and sometimes how long I need to breath out to get a result. Nor do their levels appear to bear much actual relation to my glucose ones... @Pasha was recording in a thread somewhere his fasting glucose and his morning ketone levels - But the following graph might also be helpful?

    optimal-ketosis-range-2.jpg


    Ketonix data (Colour bands don't correspond to colours on above graph!)

    Ketonix_chart.png


    Robbity
     
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    vxrich Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting... Thanks for the charts. Looks like I'm in the right zone then
     
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