Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Test

The beta-hydroxybutyrate test measures the beta-hydroxybutyrate blood level.

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Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Test FAQ

What is a Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Test?

The Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Test measures the blood level of Beta-Hydroxybutyrate.

Why is a Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Test important?

Beta-Hydroxybutyrate is helpful in assessing ketosis and often used by people performing ketogenic diets.

What type of specimen will I submit?

This Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Test is a blood test.

Do I need to fast to take this test?

Fasting is not necessary.

How long does it take to get test results?

It typically takes 4 business days or less.

Accesa Labs does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider for specific health concerns.

Last updated on October 6, 2017

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Ketone Blood Test - More Information

The beta-hydroxybutyrate test, also known as a bHBA test and a ketone lab test, measures the beta-hydroxybutyrate blood level.

Beta-hydroxybutyrate is a ketone produced by the liver from acetoacetate. When blood glucose levels are low, the body produces beta-hydroxybutyrate from acetoacetate as a fuel source for the brain as it can cross the blood-brain barrier to fuel structures in the nervous system. Blood levels of this molecule are elevated in fasting states and tracking beta-hydroxybutyrate levels has become of increasing interest for people pursuing ketosis and intermittent fasting diets. Elevated beta-hydroxybutyrate blood levels can also be seen in other ketoacidosis states (e.g. alcoholic, diabetic).

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