Ketogenic diet has been around since the 1900s when it was introduced by physicians to treat epilepsy (Wheless). Although first introduced to control epileptic seizures, ketogenic diet is now used for many different reasons.
In the study “A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes”, results showed that the ketogenic diet improved glycemic control and reduced medication in most patients with type 2 diabetes. These results highlight the effectiveness of a low-carbohydrate diet in reducing blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetic patients. Managing an effective low-carbohydrate diet is crucial in diabetic patients who are at risk of high blood pressure, high triglyceride, and kidney disease (CDC, 2019).
The ketogenic diet has also been popular amongst people for its effectiveness in reducing body weight. In a study by Dashti et al., 83 obese patients followed a 24-week ketogenic diet. Results showed that the weight and body mass index of these patients decreased significantly after 24 weeks of following the Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet (2004). LCKD can improve obesity which is closely linked to type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance (Kahn). By following LCKD, you can not only achieve your weight loss goals but also prevent any further complications associated with type 2 diabetes.
While there are many benefits to the ketogenic diet, it is best to keep in mind that the ketogenic diet works differently for everyone! If you are a diabetic patient, please be sure to read up on our “What is ketoacidosis” blog.
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