Here Is Why Ketogenic Diets Are Disastrous for Diabetics
Keeping the body in a state of ketosis by eating a high fat, high protein, low carb diet may keep your weight low, but causes more problems than it solves for diabetics in the long run, according to new research.
A diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes often comes along with a diet recommended by your medical practitioner that can worsen your condition according to science. This diet is called the Ketogenic Diet – a high-fat, high protein, low-carbohydrate diet regimen that can be injurious to your health. The typical Ketogenic diet, also called the "long-chain triglyceride diet," provides three to four grams of fat for every one gram of carbohydrate and protein.
Can the Ketogenic diet reverse diabetes?
Don’t let the fancy name fool you. A Ketogentic diet is a high protein, high fat, low carbohydrate Atkins-style diet that puts the body in a state of ketosis, forcing the body to be fueled by fat. While using a Ketogenic diet for diabetes management may work in the short term, a study published in the journal Cell, confirms that a high protein diet leaves diabetics as insulin resistant as when they started. The study showed:
- A high-protein weight loss diet preserves lean body mass.
- A high-protein weight loss diet prevents the weight loss-induced improvement in insulin sensitivity.
- A high-protein weight loss diet alters weight loss-induced changes in muscle.
The results of the study demonstrated that high protein intake helps weight loss. However, the data shows high protein intake causes alterations in muscle cell structure and organization and oxidative stress, which are involved in preventing the therapeutic effect of weight loss on muscle insulin action.
High Protein Diets Cause Type 2 Diabetes
Perhaps it was your understanding that eating too much sugar causes diabetes. While eating refined sugar is certainly unhealthy and proven in a 1973 undisputed study to depress the immune system, it is not the sole cause diabetes.
More and more research is leaning toward type 1 diabetes being caused by a viral condition that can be prevented by diet according to new science, while prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are liver conditions,caused by a diet high in fat and protein..
Americans eat more meat than almost anyone else in the world. Ask any prediabetic what they eat in a week and you’ll likely hear that a high protein, high fat diet that includes meat, dairy, eggs, and processed foods is their lifestyle choice. Eating in this fashion is the only way type 2 diabetes can occur, since type 2 diabetes can be prevented with a plant-based diet.
High Protein Diets Clog The Liver
Your liver is a multi-functional organ that neutralizes toxins, stores vitamins, minerals and glucose and when functioning properly, uses fat as an energy source. Not only is eating a high protein diet hard on the digestive system, eating a high protein, high fat diet will over time, clog the liver with fat (fatty), inhibiting its ability to filter the blood that goes to your heart. In short, the liver then does a poor job of filtering the blood, which can become thickened. This is where you may begin to see symptoms of high blood pressure.
Ketogenic Diets Are Acidic And Depleting
So can the Ketogenic diet reverse diabetes? No. Not only do Ketogenic diets create fatty livers, they are non-nourishing, acidic,and depleting and keep you diabetic. What is more, high protein, low carbohydrate diets such as the Ketogenic diet cause the body to use a buffer salt reserve to maintain its alkaline balance. This buffer salt is calcium, and it comes from your bones and teeth.
Notably, kidney damage caused by diabetes usually occurs slowly, over many years in diabetics. When a diabetics kidneys are damaged, they also can't filter the blood like they should. A Ketogenic diet can contribute to this problem by causing protein wastes to build up in the body, resulting in dialysis.
Reverse Type 2 Diabetes By Losing the Fat. Eat the Carbs
Most diabetics are solely focused on managing blood sugar levels, but this is a mistake. The focus should be on monitoring protein and fat intake.Type 2 diabetes is a diet-related disease and one that is completely reversible by drastically lowering fat in the diet and increasing high quality carbohydrates, such as fruit, according to science.
In the end, 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.