Digging Into the Ketogenic Diet: Primary Benefits for Pre-diabetic and Diabetic Patients
For the more than 100 million adults in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, just hearing the news can be a shocking blow to the system. Of that number, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of 2015, “84.1 million [had] pre-diabetes, a condition that, if not treated, often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.”
At the very least, that’s cause for concern.
At most, it’s cause for alarm.
Yet, nutrition experts believe there’s a good reason for optimism found in the ketogenic diet—an extreme, low-carbohydrate approach that holds strict limits on the intake of grains, loaves of bread, starchy vegetables, pasta, fried foods, and sweets to name a few. The diet also calls for moderating consumption of protein in favor of those foods that contain healthy monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, such as tuna and salmon, as well as in avocados, nuts and seeds, cheese, eggs, and tofu.
One upside is that those items have a “filling” kind of effect, curbing appetite and reducing the likelihood of gaining weight over time. Perhaps more importantly, the ketogenic diet, as noted in a recent online article from Advocate Health Care, “switches the body’s metabolic function from [a] quick-energy-to-fat cycle to a fat burning one.”
It continues, “Because protein and fat take more time to metabolize and produce less overall energy, the body is forced to burn and convert the energy stored in existing body fat. This cycle, called ‘ketosis,’ can lead to rapid weight loss as these fat stores are tapped into over a long period of time … [potentially] having a particularly helpful impact on pre-diabetic and Type 2 diabetic patients.”
That finding comes as welcome news for those suffering from impaired kidney function. The now widely held belief is that ketosis prevents carbohydrates from building up in your bloodstream and raising glucose levels to unhealthy levels—both found to be key triggers for pre-diabetes and diabetes. Other notable benefits of the ketogenic diet include reductions in blood pressure, lesser dependence on disease management medications, improvements in insulin sensitivity, and better overall cholesterol results.
Here at Benzer Pharmacy, we’re as much a community partner as we are a community provider in the health and welfare of our customers. And while there isn’t one strict diet path and nutrition regiment that works across the board, there are some common guidelines that may make the ketogenic diet work better for you once it reaches your plate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
• Saved by zero-carb and low-carb foods.
Low-fat meats, poultry, and fish products, along with eggs, oils, and butter, are all fair game from the ketosis perspective. Also, guilt-free indulgence can also be found in full-fat cheese, cream-infused items, and yogurt offerings.
• As always, moderation in moderate-carb foods.
To a point, low-carb vegetables can remain on the table, as can certain berries, seeds, and olive oil. Many studies have shown these choices have beneficial health properties while producing more pronounced sensations of being full.
• Make a stand against sugars and sweets.
Steer clear of the sugary sodas and candies in the office vending machines, and avoid indulging in alcoholic beverages of any kind. Processed snack foods and even sports drinks can zap the strength out of the ketosis diet.
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