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Keto: What is it?

Keto or Ketogenic refers to a low-carb high-fat diet that gets most of its calories from protein and fat similar to Atkins and other low-carb diets. It is reputed to lower blood sugars and insulin.

That much sounds like what the guide tells us but the guide also tells us to keep our meat (the main source of protein) and fats to a minimum.

While this sounds like good news for diabetics there is one small problem. If you have Type 1 diabetes it can cause your body to poison itself. Ketones (the chemical by-product it creates) can make you sick. On web-md there is a clear warning to check with a doctor before you try a ketogenic diet.

For people who suffer from type 2, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome it can be very effective in combating them and reducing our dependence on Metformin and other medications used to combat them.

Source: Dashti HM, et al. Beneficial effects of ketogenic diet in obese diabetic subjectsMolecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 2008.

That is why I am researching it today, I managed to lose one medication last year and I would dearly love to lose another one. Metformin would be the medication of choice for me because I really don't want to decline to the point where I have to have insulin shots every day.

Source: Samaha FF, et al. A low-carbohydrate as compared with a low-fat diet in severe obesity.New England Journal of Medicine, 2003.

There are four types of ketogenic diets but I am only concerned with two the Standard (SKD) and the High-protein ketogenic diet. They have been studied a lot while the other two are more for athletes and very active people.

The Standard version is the one that has been studied the most. It has been found to be effective with many of my issues so I'm going to look into it a bit more.


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