Listen up folks with Type 2 diabetes! Do you want to lose weight, improve your blood lipids and cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, decrease your medication and stop giving yourself those insulin injections? We know those shots can’t be fun. They just plain hurt.

 

A couple of fascinating studies concluded that a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet could help you throw those needles away for good. In 24 weeks, those who followed a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet with less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day compared to the other group who followed a low calorie, low glycemic diet showed some fantastic “food as medicine” results. Both groups showed improvements in the hemoglobin A1C (3-month snapshot of your blood sugar), weight loss, fasting insulin, fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL-Cholesterol and HDL-Cholesterol. But the ketogenic group had almost double the weight loss and much better improvements in their labs than the other group. However, what was truly striking was that the ketogenic group participants were able to greatly reduce or eliminate their oral diabetic meds (even at the beginning of the study) and over 95% were even able to eliminate the need for those insulin shots.

This is a true Food as Medicine Experience (F.A.M.E.). Keep in mind you will need to work closely with your physician while adhering to a ketogenic diet. Your blood sugar will drop, so your physician will need to adjust your medication accordingly.

The “pill” that initially seems the most difficult to swallow is limiting carbohydrates to 20 grams per day. But not to worry, Dorignac’s makes it easy with tags on their special ketogenic foods throughout the store. Check out the recipe from last week which only has 5 grams of net carbs. One product I especially love is Miracle Noodle and Rice which is made from the konjac plant and it was developed by the Buddhist monks well over 1,400 years ago. It only has 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving compared to 26 grams for regular pasta, so go ahead have two servings! It is simply made of water, soluble fiber (which is a bonus because it feeds your gut microbiome) and lime juice. But, the texture is PASTA. It’s a miracle!! And you don’t even need to cook it.

 

Here is a quick meal idea: Sear some scallops in ghee. Add sliced up fennel, shallots, garlic and shitake mushrooms. In the last minute add some ground fennel seeds, red chili flakes, lemon juice and fresh parsley. Drain the miracle noodle, microwave it for one minute or parboil for 2-3 minutes then top with the above. If you have two servings of Miracle Noodle, you still have 18 grams of carbohydrates left for the day. You see, eating less than 20 grams of carbohydrates is not really a hard a pill to swallow! And it’s a whole lot easier than giving yourself shots. Bon Appetite!

2 responses to “It’s a Miracle…Keto’s Impact on Type 2 Diabetes”

  1. J. Dexter Smith says:

    I’ve been following a semi-keto diet now for over a year. Haven’t lost any weight; but the results of my quarterly blood A1C tests have been: 1st quarter of 2018 = 6.9; 2nd quarter of ’18=5.9; 3rd quarter of ’18=5.9; 4th quarter of 2018=5.9, and finally 1st & 2nd quarters of 2019 5.8 . Total cholesterol, triglycerides, and 17 other blood tests all fall within normal tolerances. I normally keep my total carbohydrates at or below 50 per day as everything which I consume has between 1 and 12 carbs per serving. I eat lots of green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, some healthy oils and plant and dairy based fats along with the fairly regular old fashioned pork cracklins along with pickled veggies and lots of fish, fowl, with beef, pork, and venison about 3x’s per week as a secondary source of nutrition. No potatoes, no grains of any kind(except when dining out about every 2 weeks), with the only fruits being blackberries, raspberries, dewberries, strawberries, and cantaloupe all of which are low in carbs. My wife wants me to ask you where your Thai Shrimp recipe is, the keto friendly version?

  2. Barbara Phipps says:

    Sounds wonderful. Will try.

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