The internet is teeming with reports of the effectiveness of a ketogenic plant-based diet in helping to reverse the effects of diabetes and potentially treat it. Many of the enthusiasts say that the carbohydrates consumed are the cause of the insulin resistance that drives type 2 diabetes.
Resistance to insulin is among the top risk factors that can lead to the development of complications of diabetes, both microvascular such as nerve damage and kidney diseases—and macrovascular—such as peripheral artery disease, stroke and coronary artery disease. It is believed by many that the removal of carbohydrates from the diet can help and that insulin resistance manifests itself in the form of carbohydrates intolerance.
The 2008 Study On Ketogenic Diet
There are certain studies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of ketogenic diets. One study published in 2008, compared a ketogenic diet that contained an excessive amount of animal foods like turkey, chicken, fowl, fish, eggs and limited amounts of hard cheese (Swiss, cheddar, 4 ounces a day), fresh cheese(cottage or ricotta, 2 ounces a day) salad vegetables (2 cups a day), non-starchy vegetables (1 cup a day), to a low-glycemic, reduced caloric diet and it was found that the ketogenic diet was superior when it came to reducing the blood sugar levels and fasting insulin levels along with a considerable drop in the number of diabetic medications and insulin injection.
It would later be realized that it is not the intake of complex carbs, but the lowered intake of fats that have contributed to a drastically reduced risk in insulin tolerance. While a ketogenic diet can have temporary improvements in glycaemic control, they lose their effectiveness over time and are not natural for the human diet.
The Best Diet For Long-Term Health Of Diabetics
Those with diabetes don’t die because of the disease itself but because of the complications that arise due to it. Cardiovascular disease being one of the sole contributors to the ever-growing number of tombstones, and a low-fat, whole plant-based food diet is the only diet that is shown to reverse coronary artery disease- this is the gold standard diet that must be followed!
Humans that are living on high complex carbs, low-fats, and minimally processed plant foods are the ones that have enjoyed the least rates of diabetes. With the increase in the consumption of animal and refined plant foods-including oils, sugar and flour- the diabetes rates are reaching sky-high levels. Be the change that you wish to be…