Treatment of diabetes with a ketogenic diet

Treatment of diabetes and diabetic complications with a ketogenic diet.

Accumulating evidence suggests that low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets are safe and effective to reduce glycemia in diabetic patients without producing significant cardiovascular risks. Most of these studies have been carried out specifically restricting carbohydrates, which tends to lead to increased protein intake, thus reducing the ketosis. However, diets that limit protein as well as carbohydrates, entailing a composition very high in fat, appear even more effective to reduce glucose and whole-body glucose metabolism in humans. In animal models, low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets do not produce ketosis or reduce glycemia but rather cause obesity. However, limiting both protein and carbohydrates as in a classic ketogenic diet remarkably reduces blood glucose in animal models of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and reverses diabetic nephropathy. Future studies should assess if ketogenic diets would be effective to reverse diabetic complications in humans.

One is tempted to say: tell me something I didn’t know already. But perhaps the larger significance is that this is becoming more mainstream. Ten years ago, a medical researcher may have been cast into the outer darkness for writing this, now it’s entering conventional wisdom. Maybe.

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J says December 8, 2013

I have never seen a diet based on fat. Do you have an example?

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J says December 8, 2013

Atkins contains much protein.

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Sam says December 18, 2013

It confuses me that people who have a diet that’s almost all carbs seem to do well and then have huge problems when they go to a standard American diet. Also that people that go low carb also do well. Very confusing. Well maybe this guy has an answer for that. Resistant starches(RS).
There’s a guy who has diabetes so he has to watch what he eats closely. He heard about resistant starches and did some experimenting. Even better he’s not not selling anything. Here’s a link to a guy selling bodybuilding books but it’s a good link on resistant starchs facts.

http://www.edsgym.com/resistant-starch.html

Here’s a couple of links to the guy who experimented with resistant starches.

http://freetheanimal.com/2013/05/resistant-starch-4-letter-word-nope-goal-create-mashed-potatoes-a-diabetic-can-eat-every-day.html

http://freetheanimal.com/2013/04/resistant-assimilation-resistance.html

Maybe this is a key idea. It’s cheap using potato starch as the resistant starch. Combine this with palo and it would seem ideal. From the peoples blood glucose test level(BGL) reported on the blog, RS could be used to loosen restrictions on eating carbs.

There’s a lot of talk these days about gut bacteria and how it can be beneficial or not depending on what types are in the gut. The RS seems to promote a type that lowers blood glucose levels, dampens BGL swings and reduces inflammation.

One thing I like about the link is the people there seem to mostly be diabetics they are anal about testing BGL and they post their results. Mostly seem positive. It would be wonderful if a little potato starch every day could vastly improve Americans health even keeping the same diet.

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