A fabulous introductory guide to keto, T2DM and its benefits. Also, why the mainstream is wrong.

Mark’s Daily Apple is a source of awesome knowledge and a GoTo place for all matters nutritional and fitness.

In this article MDA looks at keto and its benefits for people with T2DM. I won’t go into much detail but if you are considering keto for weight loss and/or health this is a great place to start looking into the details of a ketogenic diet.

The article compares and contrasts the keto approach and the ‘traditional’ approach. Keto outperforms ‘traditional’ every time. If you’re worried about long term effects check out the Virta Health Blog post about their recently published One Year followup to a T2DM reversal programme.

Either way it is quite clear now that the science backs up the claims of the ‘keto heretics’ It works.

The importance of Magnesium is being more and more recognised

Low Mg is a major predictor of heart problems.

According to Dr James DiNicolantonio and others the evidence for this has been around a long time, since the 1980s! So why is Mg supplementation not more of a priority for healthcare practitioners?

There are plenty of foods that are good sources of Mg and those relevant to the keto diet are (taken from  the ketodietapp website)

  • Nuts and Seeds. Nuts and seeds are a great source of fats and can contribute a small amount of protein to a low carbohydrate diet. …
  • Dark Leafy Greens. …
  • Fatty Fish. …
  • Dark Chocolate (above 70% cocoa) …
  • Avocado. …
  • Bone Broth. …
  • Mineral Rich Water.

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Nutritional Ketosis

Is the keto diet restrictive?

The unbelievably clever people at Virta Health have posted in their blog about using nutritional ketosis to reverse T2DM. This is a point of view that is yet to be fully accepted by the mainstream medical establishment, a real shame too as it seems to have more than enough evidence to support it.

The nearest similar approach to this problem seems to be the work done in Newcastle that uses ultra low calorie diets to reverse T2DM. This would seem to be fantastic news but I am struck by how difficult it would be to ‘live’ on only 600 calories a day. Imagine being told this was it for the next 50 years, or five years or even year. Many people have found that going keto has the same effect but without hunger. Clearly the medical aspects would need to be addressed in people with T2DM who were able to reverse their condition. For example, as Virta point out, what happens to medications? It seems they can largely be reduced or stopped entirely (obviously you would need to consult your doctor about this). A suggested exception (by Virta) is metformin, which, as they point out, can prevent pre-diabetes going on to be full diabetes.