Low-carb diets can change our approach to diabetes
The ADA approves several balanced diets for patients with diabetes. Most patients strive to get their diabetes 'under control'; typically, this means gradually increasing the number or dosage of drugs required to keep blood sugars in a safer range. And this becomes a chronic, life-long battle, with some serious side effects like hypoglycemic episodes, nerve damage, and circulatory complications.
But there is a better way. The science is showing us that many patients can eliminate medication and reverse their type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Thousands of patients have switched to very low-carb (aka ketogenic) diets to control their disease. Many of these patients have gotten off their medications and returned their blood sugar (HbA1c) to non-diabetic levels. As long as they maintain a low-carb diet, their diabetes is resolved.
For a critical review of the evidence base supporting a low-carbohydrate diet to reverse type 2 diabetes, read Feinman et. al.'s article, published in Nutrition, January, 2015. "Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management: Critical review and evidence base"
Reverse Type 2 Diabetes by ignoring guidelines
Watch Dr. Sarah Hallberg, in her popular TEDx, talk about her success with a low-carb, high-fat diet to reverse type 2 diabetes in her Indiana clinic. (almost 3 million views...)
How vitra is helping people reverse diabetes
Virta Health is a new, well funded and expertly staffed Silicon Valley startup. Its mission? Reversing diabetes in 100 million people by 2025. View Virta's simple animated short explaining how its virtual clinic model helps people safely reverse diabetes with a very low-carb diet.
Read about Virta's excellent 1 year results, (60% of patients reversed diabetes; 94% reduced or eliminated insulin; average 30 pound weight loss) and other research supporting its effective approach.