Is Higher Blood Ketones Level Life Threatening? Is it Related to Glucose Levels?

Keto 8 weeks. Since the Ketostix has rarely worked for me, I got myself blood glucose and ketone meter (Freestyle Precision Xtra). I had read here that since blood ketone levels are lowest in the morning, it’s best to test then as you’d know it’d only go up from there throughout the day. Well, this is what I got upon waking. Is this a problem? I think I saw that the nutritional ketosis range is 0.5-3.0. Since this was upon waking, does that mean I’ll have some scary-high number later today? I hadn’t planned on testing again since the strips are hella-expensive. Does this mean my body doesn’t know how to use ketones since they’re floating around overnight?

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    Depending on how much fat you ate the day before, you can have higher numbers. Supposedly, higher ketone levels don't correlate to accelerated weight loss but are better for neuro clarity and benefits. As long as you're above .5, then you're good. You could have also had a fluke reading, but since you want to spare your strips, I understand if you don't want to re-test. It's really good that you're measuring glucose as well since that tends to be 1) cheaper and 2) a better indication of where you are in your battle vs. insulin resistance if you have any…

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      Yesterday I had 82g fat. And I may test again in the morning just to see if this is my morning normal or if today was just odd.

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        Any MCT oil or coconut oil?

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          I have 1 Tbsp in my daily keto smoothie each morning. But this was taken upon waking, so hadn't had it yet.

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            MCT gets routed straight for ketone production so it may contribute, but I wouldn't think *that* much. I take it most days and never get higher than 2.2-ish. I don't care as long as I am over 0.5. As long as you aren't T2 or T1 diabetic, your blood sugar is normal, and you feel good; ketones like that are fine.

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    I’m going to assume your goal on this WOE is to lose weight, higher Kenton readings mean that your body has a significant amount of fuel in the form of ketones available. Where are these ketones coming from? It's possible that they're endogenous meeting that they’re coming from your own fat cells, or they’re exogenous meaning they're coming from your diet. If the ketones are coming from your diet, and you're seeing consistently high Ketone readings, and you are most likely overeating fat or even food throughout the day.

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      I've been eating 15g carbs, 110g fat, and 80g protein. I am 5'7," and 176 lbs. I have that scary midsection fat. This week I think I'll try 80g fat 80g protein.

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        It might be a good idea, remember always eat until your satisfied! Might want to reduce MCT or fat Bombi’s if those are part of your diet. Also, I don’t think your ketone levels are in-any-way dangerous; they might hinder weight loss simply because you have ample energy in your bloodstream (daily), which keeps your body from dipping into fat stores.

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    May be exactly that. More than 35g protein in my dinner does it too me, also if I eat later than 7 or 8 max. You will probably have higher fasting glucose the further you get into keto, and it's a totally normal part of the process for lots of folks.

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