Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet Can Beat Drugs for Reversing Diabetes

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Low-carb ketogenic-style diets beat drugs for managing diabetes, say experts. (Pixabay)



Low carb diets such as the ketogenic, Atkins and modified Paleo should be the first line of defense for treating diabetes because they often outperform drugs, according to 24 medical experts.

Low carb diets can eliminate the need for diabetes drugs because they work immediately to reduce high blood sugar, according to a report published in Nutrition.

The study co-authors included Dr. Eric Westman, director of the Duke University Obesity Clinic, Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at Ohio State University, cancer researcher Dr. Eugene Fine, and Dr. Ann Childers, a specialist in pediatric psychiatry and nutrition.

Low-Carb Diets Prevent Blood Sugar Spikes

After analyzing data from a cross-section of studies, these experts concluded a low-carb diet is the best treatment for diabetes because it effectively reduces pro-inflammatory blood sugar spikes without the unpleasant side effects (and cost) of drugs.

“The benefits of carbohydrate restriction in diabetes are immediate and well-documented,” wrote Dr. Westman.

After analyzing data from a cross-section of studies, these experts concluded a low-carb diet is the best treatment for diabetes because it effectively reduces pro-inflammatory blood sugar spikes without the unpleasant side effects (and cost) of drugs.

“The benefits of carbohydrate restriction in diabetes are immediate and well-documented,” wrote Dr. Westman.

Westman, a bariatric surgeon, added: “Dietary carbohydrate restriction reliably reduces high blood glucose, does not require weight loss, leads to the reduction or elimination of medication, and has never shown side effects comparable to those seen in many drugs.”

Carb Restriction Is ‘Silver Bullet’ for Insulin Resistance

Professor Jeff Volek of Ohio State University — a registered dietitian — agreed.

By drastically reducing carbs and replacing them with unprocessed fats, you can enjoy stable blood sugar and prevent degenerative illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer, said Volek.

“Carbohydrate restriction is the proverbial ‘silver bullet’ for managing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes,” said Volek.

Because dietary fat has a negligible impact on insulin, it doesn’t produce surges in blood glucose and blood insulin the way carbs does, said Volek. Reducing blood sugar spikes is critical for diabetics (and indeed, for everyone).

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Experts say low-carb diets curb inflammation, which fuels disease and weight gain. (Pixabay)

Keto-Style Diets Accelerate Weight Loss

The health benefits of low-carb, high-fat diets extend beyond diabetes management.

Clinical trials show these diets reduce the risk of heart disease, accelerate weight loss, slows cellular aging, and can prevent Alzheimer’s disease and cancer by dramatically reducing pro-inflammatory blood sugar spikes.

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Jenna Jameson says the low-carb ketogenic diet is responsible for her 80-pound weight loss and hot bikini body. (Instagram)

LCHF diets like the ketogenic plan have also been shown to manage advanced metastatic cancer. “The ketogenic diet shows promise as a way to manage some cancers,” said study co-author Dr. Fine.

Fine, a professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, echoed the sentiments of renowned cancer scientist Dr. Thomas Seyfried, whose decades of research suggest a ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for almost all cancers.

“The ketogenic diet is a single metabolic approach to a multitude of different diseases,” said Dr. Seyfried.

A recent study published in Epilepsy Today confirmed the efficacy of the ketogenic diet for preventing and reducing epilepsy-induced seizures among children.

Physician: Eating Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

Dr. David Ludwig, a physician and nutrition professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, said low-fat diets that emphasize calorie quantity over calorie quality have proven a dismal failure for long-term weight loss.

“Low-carb diets outperform a low-fat diet every time, and that wouldn’t be true if calories were the only measure that mattered,” said Ludwig.

Ludwig joins a growing number of medical experts who are dispelling the myth that eating fat makes you fat and calorie restriction is best for weight loss. The way to lose weight is to prevent insulin spikes, which the LCHF Atkins and ketogenic diets do, they say.

“Insulin is the granddaddy of anabolic hormones,” said Dr. Ludwig.

Eating refined carbs such as a 100-calorie pack of jelly beans (which are fat-free) produces a huge insulin spike that signals your fat cells to store calories. In contrast, eating 100 calories of nuts (which are high-fat and low-carb) will produce a negligible insulin spike.

You’ll also feel fuller, longer, after eating the nuts, while the jelly beans will make your blood sugar surge and promptly crash, causing you to quickly feel hungry again.

Surges in blood sugar and insulin contribute to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cellular aging and cancer. By curbing these inflammation-promoting spikes with a low-carb, high-fat diet such as Atkins or ketogenic, you can prevent several diseases all at once.

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