Did you know that exogenous ketones can lower blood glucose?
Although the research is in its infancy, it appears that exogenous ketones, even when consumed with dietary carbohydrates, can produce a glucose lowering effect. If and how this is taking place is currently of great interest given that we know chronically high glucose is associated with various metabolic disorders.
There are a couple speculations around how this could be happening. It could be due to decreased glucose output from our liver, since this is something ketones are known to do. Another possibility is acting through insulin, since one of insulin’s primary roles is to lower blood glucose. If exogenous ketones are consumed in large enough quantities, this can stimulate a small release of insulin and thereby lower blood glucose. Strategies to control elevated blood glucose is something that may be useful to anyone wanting to improve their overall health, and we are excited to see what future studies show in regard to this potential therapeutic application of ketones.