Ketogenic Diets for Diabetes and Prediabetes


If you know a little about ketogenic diets (keto-diets), you would know that they are great for promoting health and wellness in the body. Additionally, also possibly helping to keep certain metabolic diseases like diabetes under control. Fortunately, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (which is the most common type of diabetes) can be delayed and even prevented. For type 1 diabetes however, an individual has no choice but to be treated through a daily regimen of insulin therapy, so in this case keto-diets would not be as much of a benefit as it would be for people suffering from type 2 diabetes.  Before we move into how keto diets play a part in helping individuals suffering from diabetes and prediabetes, lets briefly cover what diabetes and prediabetes is.

What is diabetes and prediabetes

 Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, it results in people experiencing higher than normal blood sugar levels as a result of their bodies inability to make enough insulin. Prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are high but not high enough to be called diabetes.

Ketogenic diets and prediabetes and diabetes

Now let me enlighten you a little on how something as simple as ketogenic diets can help individuals suffering from diabetes and prediabetes. In a person suffering from diabetes their body is not able to help in bringing glucose from the blood to cells for energy. This means that the body’s inability to use carbohydrates, often causes sugar to be high in the blood. This is where the keto-diet comes in to play, it has known to be of help to people suffering from diabetes because the main aim of keto-diets is to limit the intake of carbohydrates. Research has suggested that following the keto diet might help individuals suffering from diabetes improve glycemic control and also reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals who do not have it! Amazing what something as simple as a diet can do right! Ketogenic diets do also lead to a variety of other amazing benefits such as, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced medication dependency and lower blood pressure! Additionally, it has been observed that overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes have known to lose weight and get good results safely. However despite all the benefits a ketogenic diet might bring to the table, it is always important to get consultation from a doctor before one with diabetes carries through with the keto-diet. This is because the keto-diet works differently on every individual, for some individuals with diabetes it may be the best dietary solution and for others suffering from diabetes it may only make it worst.

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