Unfortunately, with the rise of obesity, the incidence of type 2 diabetes has reached near epidemic proportions. However, with this increase in type 2 diabetes, many scientists, doctors, and researchers have been looking into how diet can help to control blood sugar. Here is where the good news comes in. Type 2 diabetic patients who commit to using the ketogenic diet, not only lose weight and have tighter control over their blood sugar, some patients have even been able to reverse their diabetes!
So, what is a ketogenic diet? A ketogenic diet consists of eating high fat and low carbohydrate meals. The Atkins Diet induction phase (the first two weeks) is a good example of what the ketogenic diet looks like. During those two weeks, there are only 20 grams of carbohydrates allowed per day. This kick-starts weight loss and puts the body into a ketogenic state. When the body is in a ketogenic state, it relies on using fat cells stored in the body for energy instead of carbohydrates from the food that you eat. This is why there can be significant weight loss on a ketogenic diet.
How does the ketogenic diet help control blood sugar? The ketogenic diet helps diabetics control their blood sugar because it maintains glucose levels at a steady level without the highs and lows that occur by eating a large number of carbohydrates. Having a blood sugar level that maintains a nearly constant level can reduce the need for insulin injections and oral glucose medications like Metformin for some patients.
So, what foods are acceptable to eat on a ketogenic diet? People on a ketogenic diet can have all types of meat and seafood, cheese, nuts, berries, butter, cream, avocados, and low carbohydrate vegetables. Low carbohydrate vegetables include broccoli, kale, spinach, cauliflower, all types of lettuce, and Brussels sprouts. You can also have bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, radishes, and cabbage. As you can see, you certainly will not go hungry on a ketogenic diet. That is one of the reasons that it is so successful for the people who try it. You do not get bored eating the same foods because there is so much variety. Another reason that the ketogenic diet is so successful is that you do not have to be hungry. There are no portion size requirements so you can eat as much as you want.
If you have type 2 diabetes, or even if you do not and are just looking to lose some weight, the ketogenic diet is certainly worth looking into. Because there is such a wide variety of food that you can eat, this type of diet is easy to follow even if you are someone that eats out a lot. In fact, most restaurants now offer some kind of low carb menu options for you to choose from. While previously there was some skepticism in the medical community about the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet, support is definitely growing as new studies are completed.