Dr. Dominic D’Agostino serves as an associate professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In this position, Dr. Dominic D’Agostino studies the effects of ketone supplements.
A recent study published in the Journal of Physiology investigated the effects of a drink containing ketone esters on insulin control. Entering ketosis typically requires days on a strict diet–yet this drink proved to have similar results within minutes.
Participants in the study included 20 healthy males and females between the ages of 18 and 35. During the investigation, each participant fasted overnight and was then administered a standard oral glucose tolerance test upon waking to determine the effects of the drink on blood sugar and insulin levels.
Some of the participants were given a ketone supplement before the test, while a control group was administered a placebo. Participants who drank the ketone supplement not only showed a smaller resulting spike in their blood sugar levels, but also an improved insulin response. The study’s outcomes are promising since they suggest that ketone monoester supplements could have potential for managing and preventing metabolic disease.