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Why Start Ketosis?

Introduction

Keto diet: 75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbohydrate

Do you already have a fairly good grasp on what ketosis is? If not, start at the What is Ketosis? page to fully understand what is going on. If you don’t care so much for the science, then there is no need.

This page is where it’ll start to get really exciting for you. We will cover several beneficial effects that a ketogenic diet can have on the body. Additionally, there is much more detail on how ketosis can specifically help individuals with diabetes.

Ketosis and Diabetes Continued

We recommend that people living with diabetes talk to a physician about all this. But the doc will most likely not advocate for it… The medical profession is pretty stubborn.

So what we really want to say: if done properly, a ketogenic lifestyle shift is a more than a feasible treatment. You can definitely do it. In the 1920’s (before the production of exogenous insulin) the primary therapy for diabetes was dietary modification.[1]

In fact, the dietary recommendations called for a very similar low carb / high fat diet. According to a study conducted for type 2 diabetes by Dr. Eric Westman: “Dr. Elliot Joslin’s diabetic diet in 1923 consisted of meats, poultry, game, fish, clear soups, gelatin, eggs, butter, olive oil, coffee, tea and contained approximately 5% of energy from carbohydrates, 20% from protein, and 75% from fat.”[1]

This information is in complete contradiction to the recommended diet for diabetes now-a-days. Interestingly enough, there is clear trend that shows the current epidemic in diabetes and obesity. These problems increased as consumption of carbohydrates increased. The decrease in fat consumed was also seen.[2] Is it just a coincidence? Or is there a direct correlation? Although we are not at liberty to answer these questions, we can offer you some information that may help you draw your own conclusions.

Real studies show its effectiveness

 


One experiment, performed by the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, helps clear things up. The study consisted of 28 type 2 diabetic participants that committed to a ketogenic diet for 16 weeks. Of the 21 participants that completed the experiment, all had positive effects on body weight, waist measurement, serum triglycerides, and glycemic control. Furthermore, diabetes medications were discontinued in 7 participants and reduced in 10 participants.

Overall, the experiment brings light to the idea that a high-fat diet may not be as harmful as we are trained to believe. Note also that out of all 7 individuals that dropped out of the experiment, none reported discontinuing as a result of adverse effects.[1]

Instead of overloading you with the results of several other reports on similar studies, we will provide you with the references for you to continue your research.[3][4][5][6][7] To summarize all of the reports, the overwhelming evidence is that a low carb / high fat diet is extremely beneficial for weight loss, reducing blood glucose levels, and treating diabetes.

Of course while not every diabetic that commits to the ketogenic diet will be able to discontinue their medications, it appears that most will. You will at least reduce the use of insulin and other diabetic pharmaceuticals. Lastly, even if a participant does not achieve a state of ketosis, a reducing carbohydrates will have a significant impact on weight loss and reduced blood sugar.

Other Benefits of Ketosis

Even though a ketogenic diet is extremely useful for diabetes, that is not its only purpose. It helps tremendously with weight loss. This is what you will find most people using the diet for. That’s why it has become so popular. But we view that more as a positive side effect. It is even more broad than that. A large variety of different people go on the ketogenic diet. Being in a state of ketosis has several benefits for people of all walks of life.

Smiley Face - the diet helps your brain function better

Better fuel for your brain

The brain functions more efficiently because ketone bodies can pass through the blood brain barrier more easily than glucose.[8] This makes ketosis a state in which individuals utilize a more efficient source of energy and can experience increased focus, mental stamina, and eliminate the sensation of grogginess.

Furthermore, the ketogenic diet has been used to treat children with epilepsy and other mental illnesses including but not limited to: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s.[9] The body’s use of ketone bodies for energy can help correct the brain’s chemistry which in turn can treat several mental illnesses.

Not only will you be functioning better, you will be functioning longer. Ketosis will actually help you live longer.[10] Check out the blog post we did on this topic. There are many reasons why this is true – but really it just has to do with your body functioning more efficiently. It is pretty cool stuff!

These are only some of the benefits associated with the diet. We could say so much more about the diet, but we will leave the discovery up to you. We guarantee you will not be disappointed with all the diet can help with. It is truly amazing.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the ketogenic lifestlye is an incredible tool to help fix the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Furthermore the lifestyle is by no means limited to diabetics and can be useful for anyone and everyone looking to live a happier and healthier life. At Beta BIOS we are disheartened by all of the misleading information that perpetuates a cycle of disease.

Our goal is to spread the message of this incredible lifestyle and assist people achieve their full potential by offering our help and resources. We believe that we can make the world a better place by going against the grain. Please let us help you on your pathway to success in this lifestyle by signing up for our Starter Guide and Newsletter. We want nothing more than to see your success.

References:

[1]  Yancy W, Foy M, Chalecki A, Vernon M, Westman E. (2005). A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes. Nutrition & Metabolism 2: 34

[2] Arora SK, McFarlane SI. (2005). The case for low carbohydrate diets in diabetes management. Nutrition & Metabolism 2: 16.

[3] Boden G, Sargrad K,  Homko C, Mozzoli M, Stein TP. (2005). Effect of a low-carbohydrate diet on appetite, blood glucose levels, and insulin resistance in obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Annals of Internal Medicine 142(6): 403-411.

[4] Nielsen JV, Jönsson E, Nilsson AK. (2005). Lasting improvement of hyperglycaemia and bodyweight: low-carbohydrate diet in type 2 diabetes. A brief report. Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences 110(2): 179-183.

[5] Volek JS, Sharman MJ, Gómez AL, DiPasquale C, Roti M, Pumerantz A, Kraemer WJ. (2004). Comparison of a very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet on fasting lipids, LDL subclasses, insulin resistance, and postprandial lipemic responses in overweight women. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition 23(2): 177-184.

[6] UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) Group. (1999). Intensive blood-glucose control with sulphonylureas or insulin compared with conventional treatment and risk of complications in patients with type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 33). The Lancet 352(9131): 837-853.

[7] Purnell JQ, Hokanson JE, Marcovina SM, Steffes MW, Cleary PA, Brunzell JD. (1998). Effect of Excessive Weight Gain With Intensive Therapy of Type 1 Diabetes on Lipid Levels and Blood Pressure: Results From the DCCT. The Journal of the American Medical Association 280(2): 140-146.

[8] Hasselbalch SG, Knudsen GM, Jakobsen J, Hageman LP, Holm S, Paulson OB. (1995). Blood-brain barrier permeability of glucose and ketone bodies during short-term starvation in humans. American Journal of Physiology 268(6): E1161-E1166.

[9] Ede G. (2017). “Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders: A New 2017 Review”. Psychology Today. [Online]. Available: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/diagnosis-diet/201706/ketogenic-diets-psychiatric-disorders-new-2017-review. Accessed: 14 May 2018.

[10] Veech RL, Bradshaw PC, Clarke K, Curtis W, Pawlosky R, King MT. (2017). Ketone Bodies Mimic the Life Span Extending Properties of Caloric RestrictionInternational Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Life 69(5): 305-314.

 

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