Just One Benefit?
While we have pinpointed our focus to illuminate how the ketogenic lifestyle will completely change the way you handle your type 2 diabetes, we would like to provide you with information on how this diet can help you handle nearly any negativity in your life. Being healthy includes much more than eating properly – it is all inclusive of a sound body and mind connection. Lowering your blood sugar and reversing your diabetes is an amazing triumph, but that is not even close to all the benefits you will receive.
Stability of Moods
I wrote a blog post the other day (“Not All Moods Are Created Equal”) about how to deal with bad moods, sadness, and frustration, but I did not go into terrible detail about how living the ketogenic lifestyle has allowed so many people to take control of their moods. This one benefit was enough to get me to try the diet and lifestyle, and I cannot even believe the results.
When you eat healthy (lots of fats and vegetables), you gain better moods in 2 ways: having pride in your body & actually giving your mind what it needs. We all know the “health fanatics” out there that will not stop talking about how amazing it is to eat healthy. While that may be annoying sometimes, do you know why they do it?
Because it is true!
When you have pride in something you are doing, you are way more likely to continue forward to success. Then when you actually feel the benefits on a daily basis, you will compound that desire to succeed 10-fold. You will extend your quality of life.
The ketones that are released and used as energy by your brain are so much more efficient at handling your body’s processes than glucose. When you are in full ketosis, you will actually experience a type of “buzz” that hits your brain and makes you feel happy. When I eat a great breakfast, later in the day I will all-of-a-sudden get this rush to my brain that feels so good. I will spontaneously just give out a smile. But do not take my word for it. Check out this small Reddit forum about someone asking the public about how this diet has reversed their depression.
These are real people who are utilizing the diet to improve their moods, and guess what. It actually works!
There are numerous studies posted all over the internet about science that supports these claims. We do not want to bother you with what these studies say, but rather we want to explain that this works. We encourage you to do a quick Google search of how the ketogenic diet has been used to manage moods.
Imagine not needing to worry about your mood swings and happiness levels. These will be consistently stable when you live this keto lifestyle.
The most common use of the ketogenic diet in the world today is managing weight. It will significantly reduce your body fat content within a shocking amount of time. We view this as an amazing byproduct of following this lifestyle while others make this to be the end-all / be-all of the diet. After all, the word “diet” is almost always associated with losing weight. In this case, it is a natural result of following the diet.
Metabolizing fats instead of carbohydrates will result in this outcome. When your body is deprived of carbs, it will be sent into a state of burning fats as fuel (ketosis) because it needs to get fuel from somewhere. You will become a fat-burning machine.
Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity. Why do these two come hand-in-hand? When there is an excess of glucose in your body, there is simply too much for your body to utilize. What it does in response is store that glucose as fat for later use. But you never burn that new fat off if you continue to eat carbs, so it just keeps adding up! At the same time, you are becoming more and more insulin resistant. Some people have a higher risk of this (pre-diabetics), and it is these people that turn into type 2 diabetics.
It is fairly simple. The same steps you take to reverse your diabetes will be the same steps to help you lose weight. Minimize your carb intake, and maximize your fat intake. Reducing your weight is also a good way to feel good about yourself, which is yet another way this diet will help your moods.
Neurological Disease Management
There have been numerous studies made about how this diet can prevent neurological diseases such as: Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and epilepsy. A report put out by the National Institutes of Health gives more in-depth explanation of why this is true.
In fact, managing epilepsy in children in the early 20th century was the initial reason this diet regimen was created.
The main point to take away is that the ketogenic diet is the preferred method for feeding your brain. These ketone bodies are much more energy dense and do a more efficient job at keeping your nerve cells happy. The brain is a very complex system of neurons, so it is not yet fully understood why this specific diet is so good at nurturing those neurons. The one thing that is understood is that it works.
Preventing and Reversing Cancer
This is one of the most interesting applications of the diet that I have come across. The reason I do not put this at the top of the list is because there is insufficient research conducted to prove these claims true.
Why I did include it is because there have been some studies done, and the logic behind the science is sound. Again, a study put out by the National Institutes of Health makes these observations clear.
The people of this study who actually stuck with the diet saw a great increase in their quality of life at the same time as minimizing the effects of cancer.
Glucose is the number one source of energy for cancer cells. Restricting the amount of carbohydrates in your diet can literally starve the tumor. The way to not starve the rest of your body is to metabolize fats instead. Thus the reason for the connection between cancer and the ketogenic diet.
If you are at risk of getting cancer, changing your diet to be one of high fat and low carb is the best way to ensure that your risk does not become a full blown reality.
More studies are needed to fully support these claims, but we are at a great turning point of information. At a minimum, using this diet to mediate the problems of cancer will not progress the disease further and only has potential to help.
Not only will utilizing the Ketogenic Lifestyle help to reverse your type 2 diabetes, it will give you better moods, cause weight loss, prevent neurological diseases, and possibly prevent cancer. These benefits are all linked together to give you a much better shot at living a full and happy life. The same steps taken to reverse your diabetes will result in a wealth of other benefits to truly give you the best life possible.
 National Institutes of Health. (2017). Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet. [online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2367001/ [Accessed 16 Oct. 2017].
 Schmidt, M., Pfetzer, N., Schwab, M., Strauss, I. and Kämmerer, U. (2017). Effects of a ketogenic diet on the quality of life in 16 patients with advanced cancer: A pilot trial. [online] National Institutes of Health. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3157418/ [Accessed 16 Oct. 2017].