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The Ketogenic Diet Is Ideal for Type 2 Diabetes

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Keto Diet and Type 2 Diabetes Reversal

According to a recent US study, published in the journal Diabetes Therapy, the ketogenic diet, which favors glucose-based fat, could reverse Type 2 Diabetes if it is accompanied by daily monitoring. Type 2 diabetes occurs in adults and affects mostly obese or overweight people.


More fat, less sugar is the basic principle of the ketogenic diet. It has existed for nearly a century and was initially intended for children with epilepsy. An American study, published in the journal Diabetes Therapy, shows how this diet could also benefit people with type 2 diabetes.

What is the ketogenic diet?

The rule of the ketogenic diet is simple - feduce carbohydrates in favor of good fats. While our usual diet should consist of 50% carbohydrate, 35% fat and 15% protein, with the ketogenic diet, it is composed of about 90% fat, 8% protein and 2% carbohydrates. Specifically, the recommended foods are those containing monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil, nuts, avocado. However, saturated fat, which is found, for example, in dairy products is also acceptable.

To carry out this study, 349 people with type 2 diabetes participated.

Eighty-seven of them received usual care from their dietitians. The other 262 followed a ketogenic diet and were monitored by a doctor, via a mobile application and could exchange information regularly with him.

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Thanks to this mobile application, the patient's blood glucose levels were recorded in the app and doctors and patients could make the necessary adjustments, depending on the results.

The Results of the Keto Diet Type 2 Diabetes Study

One year after the start of the trial, 83% of ketogenic patients were still on the diet program. On average, each patient lost 12% of their weight during the year. Ninety-four of the patients on insulin decreased the dosage or discontinued treatment, and 60% had hemoglobin A1C (a diabetes marker) below the diabetic threshold.

The researchers are pleased to have paved the way for a program to manage and possibly even reverse type 2 diabetes. This is especially great news considering the number of type 2 diabetics continues to increase, caused by an unbalanced diet and a sedentary lifestyle in an aging population.

On the other hand, there is another point of view too. You need to at least be aware of this. Last year eMaxhealth reporter Nancy Mure published this story titled "Here Is Why Ketogenic Diets Are Disastrous for Diabetics". In that story she argues that "the Ketogenic diet, although useful for short-term weight loss, is disastrous for the diabetic, worsening insulin output, causing calcium depletion, irreversible weight gain, high blood pressure and ultimately, cardiovascular and kidney disease."

If you regularly use the Keto Diet and are a diabetic, please let us know how do you feel about the Keto diet and reversing Type 2 diabetes. You can share your opinion in the comments section below. You may also want to see this story titled "I Didn't Stick To The Keto Diet, But Here's Why I Will Try It Again."