Can Diet Alone Defeat Type 2 Diabetes?
The ketogenic diet involves drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake to around maximum of 10 grams a day. It’s a diet that’s high it protein and also high in fat – which may seem counterintuitive – but bear with me.
Carbohydrates are useful because they’re food that can be easily converted into energy, but your body doesn’t actually depend of them nutritionally – they’re not used to actually “build” your cells. As long as you get your amino acids from proteins, fatty acids from fats and the various vitamins, you can be perfectly healthy without any carbs at all.
So without carbs, how do you get your energy?
This is where ketosis comes in. Ketosis is a metabolic state where the body switches from burning carbohydrates for energy to burning bodily fat, producing acids called ketones in the process. Over time, fat stores in the body will be dramatically reduced, resulting in weight loss.
No pain, no grain
As you might have guessed, reducing your carbohydrate intake so significantly is very challenging. Starchy foods make up a huge portion of the typical diet and sugar’s almost ubiquitous in the West. Carbs are a cheap, reliable source of energy, but now we have far too much of them.
You also need to be more strict with a ketogenic diet than other diets. If you usually try to stick to a 1:1:1 diet of fats, proteins and carbs, you can deviate from this ratio occasionally without many consequences. However, if you stray from a ketogenic diet, the body will revert back to its normal metabolism, forcing you to reset the ketosis all over again.
The body may also overcompensate for the lack of carbs and go into a state where it acts as if its starving, converting unused glucose into fat at an accelerated rate and undoing your hard work.
In short, ketogenic diets need to be taken seriously and require you to seek out and cook foods with carefully controlled nutritional balances for the diet to be effective. Seeking out a nutritionist can be tremendously helpful when you’re starting out, and I’m happy to make recommendations if you get in touch at [email].
Ketogenic diets may be hard work, but if you’re struggling with your weight, they’re worth the effort. Avoiding bread, pasta, rice and sugar might be difficult, but not as difficult as living with osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and numerous other serious health conditions that can result from excess weight.
It’s type 2 diabetes where ketogenic diets prove to be most transformational. Instead of depending on medication to reduce your blood sugar, you tackle the problem at its cause by eliminating blood sugar almost entirely. Why treat the symptoms when you can treat the cause?
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Jody Chappell, MSc BSc MCSP HCPC