If you’re a diabetic, it is very important that you become knowledgeable about your condition, given that you have a true interest in your health at hand.
Have you began modifying your diet? Maybe you have started to familiarize yourself with some of the related medical lingo that you will undoubtedly come across?
If not, it is imperative that you start now.
In type 2 diabetics, one of the primary associations with the disorder is what is known as insulin resistance. In the simplest terms, insulin resistance refers to the “weakening” or loss of potency of insulin in the body, becoming incapable of handling circulating blood sugar levels.
Over time, insulin resistance only becomes worse; that is, unless you make an active effort to correct the situation.
One major tool in your arsenal? The ketogenic diet.
Never heard of the ketogenic diet? Quite a few people never have, and that’s ok. The ketogenic diet is basically a low carb, high fat approach to consuming n food, with the “standard ketogenic diet” comprising of about 75% fats, 20% protein, and just about 5% carbohydrates.
With that in mind, you are probably anxious to learn how the ketogenic diet can help you get the upper hand on your diabetes, so let’s get cracking!
The Ketogenic Diet Makes Your Body Extremely Efficient At Burning Fat
In normal individuals, the body’s preferred source of energy comes from carbohydrates. However, we should view carbs as the modern day interpretation of using “fossil fuels.”
Over the short term, carbs are extremely efficient fuel, but one which poses a significant risk of adverse effects on the “environment,” this case being our bodies.
When carb intake is restricted, the body is forced to utilize fat, and secondarily protein, as fuel. In the process of converting fats, compounds known as ketones, are produced, hence the name ketogenic.
Ketones are excellent sources of energy for the brain, to replace the former primary fuel source. As a result, body fat stores are rapidly ran through, improving your insulin sensitivity over time.
Insulin Responds Best To Occasional Stimuli
Think of insulin in the average person’s body as being a “bell boy.” Every time carbs enter the bloodstream, he is rang upon to shuttle them to their places of boarding (the cells). After a prolonged series of calling and calling, fatigue ensues, and efficiency drops.
You soon find more insulin (the bellhop) being needed to do the same job. This is the beginning of insulin resistance, and likely pre-diabetic stage. In full-blown diabetes, you have tons of insulin that is still unable to do the job of insulin of years past.
A proven way to reverse this? A period of so-called “rest.”
By only calling on insulin a few times daily (or even less than that) efficiency improves, raising what is known as our insulin sensitivity.
The Ketogenic Diet Is Excellent For Weight Loss
How many type 2 diabetics with poorly controlled blood sugar do you know that are also actively involved in physical activity? Less than a handful, I’m sure.
Why is that?
Simple, it’s because obesity and diabetes have a very strong connection, with both improving, or worsening, with the direction of the other.
Gained 25 pounds?
Chances are you are losing control over your blood sugar too. In fact, obesity is a major determining factor for development of “metabolic syndrome” a host of maladies, which include poor blood sugar control, along with various ailments of the heart and circulatory system.
Just a modest loss of weight can significantly reduce insulin resistance, easily achievable by following the standard ketogenic diet.
The ketogenic should definitely be considered, and better yet given a trial run if you struggle to control, your blood sugar levels, as a result of poor insulin tolerance.
By modestly improving the way your body reacts to insulin again, you can see marked changes in metabolism and overall health. Now empty your pantry and get healthy!