Glucose & Ketone Levels

20130807-190637.jpgThree weeks ago I started on a calorie restricted ketogenic diet in a hope of controlling my cancer. A ketogenic diet derives most energy from fat, about 70%, 25% from protein and 5% or less from carbohydrates. Its aim is to starve cancer cells by restricting its primary food source: Glucose. This means eliminating virtually all carbohydrates from my diet.

For my body weight, my aim was to limit protein intake to 50g per day and reduce carbs to 12g or less, while keeping total calories 40% below my basal requirement. It was a good plan, but my current weight is starting to concern me, so I am now trying to up both my protein and calorie levels somewhat.

I received a blood glucose and ketone meter today, so was very curious firstly whether I was able to achieve ketosis, whether I had achieved therapeutic ketosis levels, and what my values are.

My fasting blood Glucose level was 4.7, and my Ketones 1.9 mmol/l – not a bad start.

My ketone levels are within the recommended therapeutic range, however my Glucose is still a little too high. My goal is to reduce glucose to below 4.0 and raise my ketones to above 2.0. Once I achieve this, I will focus on my Glutamine levels.


2013/08/07 – Glucose: 4.7, Ketones: 1.9
2013/08/10 – Glucose: 4.9, Ketones: 1.0


Glucose mg/dl to mmol/l Converter
Mercola Article on Ketogenic Diet
Critique of Calorie Restricted KD

About Ren

I have been diagnosed with stage 4, metastatic colorectal cancer in October 2012, 3 days after my 44th birthday. There is no cure, but I am determined to go down the road less travelled to find one. I have setup this blog to document my journey and hopefully help others in the process. My view is that if there is a cure, it does not lie with traditional chemo, but with the immune system. Time will tell.
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4 Responses to Glucose & Ketone Levels

  1. carl109 says:

    Hi Ren, I have such admiration for your will to live and beat this thing. Not only could you save yourself by putting yourself through this trial, but the possible benefit to others in your position could be tremendous. If anyone can ‘hack the system’ and find a new way, it’s you.

    Love from Australia, Carl.

  2. br says:

    Ditto Carl’s comment above. I’ve followed your blog ever since you posted on Murray McNabs blog in March. I do think / pray for you and your family often. You are doing a great job recording everything you’re going through and I’m sure it’ll be helpful to many.

  3. Dayly says:

    Hey you read on anything from this guy?

    He talks about 2 to 4 day fasts of nothing but water making the body rather inhospitable to most types of cancers.

    Read on him, maybe you can learn some valuable insight in your fight. Maybe you might learn that you’re stuck with the ketogenic diet for better or worse the rest of your life. But who knows for sure. I don’t know much. I just discovered the guy today.

    Good luck, and God bless. I’m starting to wonder if God, via the Bible, told us to fast for reasons that go deeper than merely our spiritual walk with God. It was the same God that told the Jews to not even touch pigs and to regard them as an unclean animal. Today we know that they are the most dangerous as it regards internal parasites and horrific consequences of eating bad pork. Of course, by Christ’s time, however, society had gotten much better at recognizing and preventing such problems. Today, it’s scarcely a concern.

  4. Dayly says:

    Oh, and thanks soooo much for the charts. You don’t know how long I’ve been looking for a simple answer on how to discern how much ketones I should be expecting in my body, and then relating that to mg/dl instead of mmol/l that everyone else seems to want to talk about.

    Thank you!!!

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