Did you know that the ketogenic diet works for diabetes? Recent research tested the newly-popular ketogenic diet on several overweight and diabetic people who had type 2 diabetes. Scientists wanted to see whether the diet had any positive impacts on glycemia and the medication prescribed for type 2 diabetes patients. Glycemia means the presence, or the level, of glucose in the blood. Hyperglycemia is an unusually high concentration of sugar in the blood. Hypoglycemia is an unusually low concentration of sugar in the blood. The findings showed that this kind of low-carbohydrate diet can improve glycemia by decreasing the glucose in the blood – and it can decrease the need for medications for people with type 2 diabetes. The advice given is that should medication be decreased or halted, be sure to get close supervision from a doctor while doing this.
A Ketogenic Way to Beat Diabetes
Patients who were on the ketogenic diet and had diabetes also revealed weight loss, in losing weight around their middles and in general body fat. People who try the ketogenic diet and who are not diabetic also benefit from the eating plan as they experience better insulin sensitivity therefore stronger homeostasis. The outcome of the studies shows that the ketogenic, low-carbohydrate diet is ideal for type 2 diabetes patients. But because embarking on the diet causes effective reduction in blood glucose levels, these patients need to do so under medical supervision for their own safety.
It is true that type 2 diabetes can be managed if a wholesome, fresh diet is followed and a healthy weight is maintained, all of which has a positive impact on blood sugar levels. Obese people need to think about what they eat, cutting out sugars, carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. They can replace these with vegetables, lean meats, other proteins and plenty of vitamins and minerals found in fresh food straight from the earth.
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How Does the Ketogenic Diet Work?
This diet is based on a low-carbohydrate, high-fat eating plan which was originally developed to assist children with epilepsy. The restriction in carbohydrates means that the body cannot use sugars for fuel so it starts to use fats for energy. The fat breaks down and is changed into energy in what is now known as “ketosis” – and the resulting fuel source has been named ketones. It seems logical therefore that people with type 2 diabetes benefit from this diet which maintains blood glucose levels at a healthy balance. No more spikes in blood sugar thanks to the lack of simple carbohydrates, therefore no more need for insulin. Starting the ketogenic diet for diabetes is a good idea, but patients need to be aware that they can develop hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Meanwhile, they will lose weight and feel better about themselves both physically and mentally. Soon, medication can be reduced or even stopped, if the diet goes well and the doctor is pleased with the results.
A Diet for Diabetes
These foods are allowed on the Ketogenic Diet and are great to prevent diabetes:
- Meats – but be careful of too much protein
- Low-carb vegetables, omitting most root vegetables
- Berries, omitting most other fruits
- Healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds
Chat to us about your dietary needs and whether you require any more information about ketosis and ketones, low-carbohydrate eating plans and more.
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