Keto Diet For Type-2 Diabetes [Comprehensive Guide]

Diabetes is a wide-spread disease that millions of people suffer from. Doctors suggest a variety of treatment options, but the general consensus is that this disease has no solution.

In truth, diabetes is a vicious cyclic disease that you don’t have to keep enduring!

Yes, you can beat Type-2 Diabetes naturally.

There are answers and treatment plans that successfully free countless people from the clutches of this disease.

If you are interested in finding out what these treatment plans are, you have come to the right place!

By the time you finish reading this article you will be armed with the information you need to get your diabetes under control.

Is type-2 diabetes a chronic progressive disease?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Diabetes complicationsNowadays, we are taught to believe that certain diseases, such as type-2 diabetes, are incurable.

No matter what you try, you will not escape from it. For the remainder of your life, you will be stuck on medications and insulin, and eventually you will experience the consequences of those medications.

Is this true? Is there any way to reverse type-2 diabetes?

Well, consider some cases in which patients did succeed on reducing their symptoms.

First, what about bariatric surgery? Bariatric surgery is a procedure in which your stomach is surgically reduced to the size of a walnut. This prevents you from overeating, so inevitably you will have an easier time losing weight.

What affect does bariatric surgery have on type-2 diabetes? A study was conducted on a group of diabetics after they received bariatric surgery.

The results showed that within the first few months post-operation, the patients began coming off of their medications. By the end of the 12-month study, many of them were totally off of every mediation and they had normalized blood sugar levels.

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Bariatric surgeryLet’s take a look at another weight loss surgery. This time, consider gastric banding. In a gastric banding operation, you will have a band tightened around your stomach to reduce its size. Similar with bariatric surgery, you will not be able to eat large amounts of food.

The study with gastric band patients who had type-2 diabetes had the same result as the bariatric surgery study: the diabetes slowly went away, and it did not come back.

Yet another method is fasting. With a fasting diet, you will not eat any food for certain periods of time. This diet is very customizable and you can easily choose what program works for you.

Again, with fasting, diabetic patients have experienced the reversal of diabetes and the return of normal blood sugar levels. They have also been able to come off their insulin and medications.

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So as we have seen, there are numerous options available that can be a permanent fix to your type-2 diabetes. This is a dietary disease, so a change in your diet is a good place to start.

What is the major issue with type-2 diabetes?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - How does insulin workThere is one big problem with diabetes – sugar.

Type-2 diabetes occurs when your body is so full of sugar that it runs out of places to put it, so it ends up in your blood stream.

And in this age of widespread sugar addiction, it’s becoming a global crisis!

Insulin takes this overflowed sugar and moves it into different areas of the body – the nerves, the kidneys, the eyes, and anywhere else it can. This is also when lots of this extra sugar turns into fat.

Insulin does not get rid of the problem, it just moves the problem to other areas. It will not reverse type-2 diabetes, but it will lead to weight gain.

Eventually, if you continue taking insulin for many years, your body will start to give up. You may experience nerve damage, kidney damage, heart attacks, strokes, blindness, or even amputation.

Simply put, insulin is not a cure for type-2 diabetes. It only conceals the issue by relocating extra sugar. So how can you reverse it?

As we mentioned earlier, there are multiple options to choose from. The base line is that in order to get rid of excess sugar, you must prevent more sugar from being introduced.

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You can achieve this by going on a low-carb high-fat diet like Keto or by fasting. The low-carb high-fat diet plan will stop more sugar from coming in, and fasting will help burn up that extra sugar your body is already storing.

When does type-2 diabetes develop?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Insulin resistanceType-2 diabetes happens as a result of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is when, despite the availability of insulin, sugar is not being absorbed into your cells. This causes sugar to stay in your blood, which in turn causes high blood sugar levels. This is what we call type-2 diabetes.

Now we know why type-2 diabetes develops. But why does insulin resistance develop? Insulin resistance develops because of an overabundance of insulin. When you have too much insulin, your cells will eventually become overstuffed with sugar.

When there is no longer any space for more sugar, your body produces even more insulin to try and force that extra sugar into your cells. So, the more resistant your body becomes to insulin, the more insulin your body produces.

In order to reach a solution to type-2 diabetes, we must go against our instincts and lower insulin intake. True, insulin does improve the symptoms of diabetes – your blood sugar will go down.

But at what cost? Perhaps you will experience infections, fatigue, sleep apnea, inhibited healing, and many more complications.

Is controlling your blood sugar the solution to type-2 diabetes?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Woman taking insulinA high blood sugar level is not the disease of diabetes.

High blood sugar is a symptom of the disease, and the cause of the disease is increased insulin resistance.

Does it make sense to control the symptom while ignoring the cause? Of course not! We need to control the cause.

It’s very true that high blood sugar causes many complications. Hence, might seem smart to control blood sugar levels in order to reduce any complications of diabetes.

In the long run, over the course of a decade or two, you will not see any improvement in your diabetes if you are only treating your high blood sugar.

The disease will get worse and worse, you will be forced to take more medications and more insulin, and every part of your body will be badly affected.

Can a low-fat diet help with your diabetes?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Low fat foodsIn 2008, the American Diabetes Association released a publication recommending a low-fat diet as a treatment for diabetes. They suggested that diabetes patients reduce their intake of calories and fat, while claiming that patients need not be concerned about their sugar intake.

Isn’t this what the Keto Diet is all about?

In one trial, called the Look AHEAD trial, 5000 participants were put on a low-fat, low-calorie diet. They received assistance from dietitians, they used meal replacement products, and they we all more physically active.

Ten years later, the National Institute of Health discontinued the study due to not finding any benefit to the patients’ lifestyle. There was no reduction in strokes, heart attacks, or death.

Before this was the Women’s Health Initiative. This trial was composed of 50,000 postmenopausal women. One group of these women would receive the usual level of treatment and keep up their normal lifestyle.

The other group would have the assistance of dietitians to check in on them and make sure they kept up with their exercise and low-fat, low-calorie diet such as the Keto Diet.

9 years later, again, no benefit could be found to this lifestyle as far as the treatment. There was no change in the amount of strokes, heart attacks, or death.

In yet another study, a group of 64,000 Chinese women were divided into groups according to the amount of carbs in their diet.

The group that ate the lowest amount of carbs had a significantly lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes compared to the group that ate the highest amount of carbs. The group that ate the most carbs also had an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Now, what about a Keto or Mediterranean diet of reduced carbs and increased natural fats?

Well, according to the PREDIMED study, a Mediterranean-style diet (high in natural fats and low in carbs) resulted in a 50% lower chance of getting diabetes after 5 years.

The risk of strokes, heart attacks, and death was decreased by 30%!

Is insulin toxicity a real threat?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Man having heart attackBy now we know that diabetes is caused by high insulin levels and high insulin resistance. We have been taught to believe that lowering our blood sugar is an appropriate cure, but let’s consider the relationship between insulin and disease.

One study watched over 12,000 diabetes patients. Some were taking no insulin, some were taking a small amount, or a medium amount, or a large amount. They did not try to control or study blood sugar levels – only the effects of insulin.

Compared to those who took no insulin, the patients who took a small amount of insulin saw their risk of dying increase by 75%. The patients who took a medium amount saw their risk of death more than double, and those who took a large amount had almost tripled their risk of dying.

In another study conducted in the United Kingdom, 28,000 patients were studied while they transitioned from a medication onto insulin.

This study found that those with high blood sugars did more poorly than those with low blood sugars, which is to be expected. Yet, for the patients who had lower blood sugars, their risk of death was higher.

Why? In order to stabilize their blood sugar, they needed to have a high intake of insulin. Hence, their increased risk of death and heart attacks was due to insulin toxicity.

Is there a link between fatty liver and insulin?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Fatty liverThe liver is the first place where sugar is stored, so surely there is a correlation between fatty liver and type-2 diabetes. It could possibly also be a link to insulin resistance.

In another study, a group of people were fed an additional 1000 calories per day of sugar over the course of one month. During this month, the participants only gained a 2% increase in body weight, yet their liver had an almost 30% increase in fat.

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Why is this? When you eat, your insulin levels rise. This causes the sugar and fat in the food you are eating to be pushed into your liver for storage. Then, when you stop eating, your insulin levels are reduced and the sugar and fat stored in the liver is then used as energy.

So, the purpose of insulin is to force fat and sugar into the liver for later use as energy. What if you already have a fatty liver?

In that case, your body’s insulin will be inefficient and it will produce even more insulin, which will lead to even more insulin resistance and a worse fatty liver.

In order to reduce this insulin resistance, a low-carb diet or intermittent fasting can both be good choices.

What are beta cells?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Beta cells in the pancreasBeta cells are located in the pancreas and they are responsible for producing insulin. In diabetics who have had their disease for a larger amount of time, it’s common to see that the insulin levels will increase at first, but eventually they will decrease again.

This is because the beta cells overworked themselves producing so much insulin, that they ceased to function properly. As more and more of these beta cells stop working, diabetes gets more severe.

For this reason, many people believe the teaching that diabetes is progressive and incurable. Yet if you get on a proper diet that is low in carbs, or intermittent fasting, you should be able to stop taking insulin and stop this evil cycle.

This cycle starts with an overabundance of sugar, which leads to an overabundance of insulin and fatty liver. The fatty liver then resists insulin, which causes another increase in insulin levels.

Eventually, the fat stored in the liver will be forced to move to other areas, like the pancreas. This stops beta cells from working properly, which then leads back to higher blood sugars.

In essence, high insulin levels are the big problem. They are responsible for insulin resistance and the defective beta cells.

To review, what treatments are currently in use that do not reverse diabetes?

Those are insulin, insulin-increasing drugs, and low-fat diets. All of these courses of treatment raise insulin.

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What about the treatments that do reverse diabetes?

Those are low-carb high-fat diets (LCHF) like the Keto, Paleo or Atkins Diet, weight loss surgeries, and fasting. These options can all reduce insulin levels.

Now what?

Keto Diet for Diabetes - Healthy womenThrough this article, what have we learned?

If our goal is to reverse diabetes, we must reduce carbs and insulin. This could be quite shocking to you, as it is quite the opposite of what is widely accepted as the best treatment.

If you or a loved one is suffering from diabetes, take to heart the information found here. You might want to do more research, compile evidence, and figure out what course of action would be best for you to take.

What works for one person might not work for the next person, so be prepared to go through trials and errors in your quest to find an option that works for you.

We hope this has given you some valuable information on the Keto Diet for Type-2 diabetes.


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