Effective Diabetes Treatment
The best Type 2 diabetes treatment is a plan which gets back to the basics, and that's where a ketogenic diet shines. It treats diabetes at the root cause, and is a much safer, more effective plan than injecting insulin to counteract the consumption of high carb foods.
I single out Type 2 diabetes above, not because a ketogenic diet can't help Type 1 diabetics, but because Type 2 diabetes is most often associated with diet related factors.
Let's look at the facts. The primary goals for treating Type 2 diabetes are to:
Controlling diabetes and managing blood sugar levels is not an easy task. It involves serious lifestyle and psychological changes, and newly diagnosed diabetics don't always get the correct information they need to make the best decisions.
For example, identifying and switching to the most effective diabetic diet is a challenge because the doctor recommended American Diabetes Association diet is too high in carbohydrates and makes blood sugar control very difficult.
The reasoning, I believe, that the ADA recommends a higher carb diet is to minimize the incidence of low blood sugar episodes, which can be dangerous when the patient is taking insulin.
However, if lowering carb intake is done gradually, and a reduction in medication is also managed at the same time, the patient can get off the blood sugar roller coaster that the ADA's higher carb diet exacerbates.
For more information on managing diabetes and controlling insulin with a ketogenic diet, pick up a copy of Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars book.
In addition, new diabetics, who may have been dependent on processed high carb foods and fast food, have to learn how to put together and cook a diabetic meal plan, and switch to a whole new way of eating.
Diabetics also have to learn to use new tools such as glucometer to track their blood sugar, and learn new terms such as ketosis, ketoacidosis, gluconeogenesis, resistance training, dawn phenomenon and a long list of other new concepts that now impact their lives.
How a Ketogenic Diet Helps
After stumbling through the tasks listed above, most diabetics learn from hard experience that permanently restricting carbohydrate intake by adopting a low carb, ketogenic diet plan makes life on a diabetes treatment plan easier because:
The Bottom Line
The bottom line rule of successful diabetes treatment is to stabilize and reduce blood sugar and control insulin fluctuations.
A ketogenic diet makes this task much easier, while at the same time improving the health markers which normally worsen in a situation of uncontrolled diabetes.
This research list has at least 55 other studies which support the use of a low carb diabetic diet to improve diabetic health outcomes.
If you have diabetes, I encourage you to look at the studies, read Dr. Richard Bernstein's Diabetes Diet books listed below, gather the facts and decide on your own diabetes treatment plan.
I also like Andre Chimene's site Diabetes is BS. He presents a series of videos for newly diagnosed diabetics which are truly helpful.
Resources for Further Reading
New Diabetes Book Coming!I am currently writing a detailed book on treating diabetes with a ketogenic diet with my co-author, Dr. Keith Runyan, a type 1 diabetic himself. We hope to have that book available by December 2014. If you want to sign up for free updates, you'll get the announcement when it's available.