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Here Is Why Ketogenic Diets Are Disastrous for Diabetics

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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.

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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.



Ketogenic diet is a high fat diet moderate protein diet NOT a high protein diet so this article is completely wrong.
I was on a low fat high-fiber diet for years and developed fatty liver and pre-diabetes. For 8 years my liver panels were abnormal, Insteadily gained weight and became obese. NOW, after two years of mostly Keto diet, I've lost 4 sizes, am at the upper range of normal weight, no longer pre-diabetic, and my liver panels are consistently normal again! My blood pressure has always been at the low end of normal. I have more energy, I love how I look, and feel great! This article is bunk.
What Gina said us true. This article is nonsense.
You lost me at high fat, high protein, low carb. Ketogenic diet is never high protein. It's moderate protein. If what you're saying is true, why is America the most obese and diseased nation in the world? Following SAD with energy coming from glucose has caused the high rates of Type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease, fatty liver, I could go on and on. I only have 1 question for you. Who funded this "research" and eho stands to gain from the results?
This article lacks any facts and is complete non sense. Carbohydrates break down to sugar. Plant based diet are fine but to say carbohydrate are great is crazy.
This article does a disservice to Type 2 diabetics by mis-characterizing the Ketogenic diet as 'high protein". It's HIGH FAT, because the whole point of the metabolic disorder of T2D is inability to metabolize carbohydrates. By keeping them to no more than 20g/day in the form of healthy veggies, the rest of the diet is enough protein to maintain lean mass and then healthy fats. There are more and more studies -- well done studies not junk like this article -- showing a LCHF/keto diet can REVERSE T2D. Which means less money made for big pharma, who probably paid for this.
A ketogenic diet is moderate protein, not high protein. Surprised that the research did not get this basic fact correct.
Lets just take a look at the author and realize why this article is complete CRAP. "She is an Holistic Nutrition and Natural Healing Practitioner. Nancy Mure is not a medical doctor or a state-licensed nutritionist."
This is nonsense, don't you know? THE KETOGENIC DIET IS NOT HIGH PROTEIN!!!
Studies show that a diet containing 60% fat with moderate protein and less that 50 grams of carbs, per day will cause insulin sensitivity to decrease, A diet containing 70% fat or greater, moderate protein, and less than 50 grams of carbs per day will increase insulin sensitivity. This has been proven time and again and is referred to in Dr. Phinney's and Dr. Volek's book: The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Living. "Big Food" probably wrote this article.