Revelations

That Duh Moment…

While talking to a friend the other day, I had a revelation. He was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as well, and has also used nutritional ketosis as a way of managing his blood glucose levels. He’s now lost almost 50 lbs now in a very short time! He pointed out that while the weight loss was a nice side effect, it was just a side effect. The true purpose of this way of nutrition for him, as well as myself, is to control our type 2 diabetes. It’s easy to see how the focus can easily get shifted to weight loss as it’s a bit more exciting, but the real purpose was to lower our blood glucose levels. I fear I’ve spent way too much time touting the weight loss benefits of this diet, and not near enough time speaking to its other healing effects on the body, including the whole reason I began eating this way.

A Better Way

For those of you who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I’m sure you’ve been told through your doctor and nutritionist that it is a progressive disease, and that for now you can take a pill, but you will eventually become insulin dependent. I call shenanigans. It doesn’t have to be a progressive disease, unless you keep feeding it. The ADA is careful not to specifically blame processed sugar, but urges you to stay away from “sugar-sweetened beverages”. I on the other hand have no issue at all in calling out the entire food industry and their over use of stuffing refined sugar into damn near every product on the market. What better way to hook you on a product than to put a legal opiate in it? I believe there is a better way. It takes some self control, especially in the beginning, but your body can begin to heal itself. I have been medication free for over 2 years now, and each blood panel I’ve had done over the past 2 years has come back better than the last. How can that be for someone with a “progressive disease”?

blood tests

What’s It Good For?

The Ketogenic Diet has many useful applications in modern medicine. This may surprise some of you. The ketogenic diet has been used to treat epilepsy, autism, depression, migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and has even shown great promise in stopping tumor growth in cancer patients. Oh, and it helps us type 2 diabetics as well.  Don’t take my word for it. Do some research. Here are a couple of useful resources to help get you started:

Dr’s Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

Dr. Adam Nally

 

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