Virta Health: Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes With Ketogenic Coaching
The just launched tech company Virta Health can help you reverse your type 2 diabetes, with the help of a ketogenic diet, a mobile app and coaching by nutritionists and doctors. It’s possible to sign up and pay cash if you’re not on an employer-sponsored health plan. The price has been a bit unclear until now, but appears to be $400 per month for the first year: diaTribe (dT): How will the individual version of Virta Health be priced? Virta Health (VH): Most of Virta’s patients come through employer-sponsored health plans, and Virta is covered for those people. For patients who come to Virta directly, we offer an out-of-pocket (cash-pay) option that costs roughly $400 per month for the first year. Virta has both monthly and yearly payment options, and also offers a patient assistance program based on the ability to pay. After you apply online, you’ll receive more information about Virta that includes pricing details, which you can review before scheduling a consultation. diaTribe: Virta Health: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Low-Carb Diets & Coaching More A Ketogenic Diet for Beginners How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Earlier The Launch of Virta Health – Reversing Type 2 Diabetes in 100 Million People? Top videos about type 2 diabetes Continue reading >>
Vascular Plaque Reduction With Ketogenic Diet – A Case Study
Does your diet really reverse vascular disease? I mean, will the diet you’re following ACTUALLY reverse the plaque burden that has occurred over the years of eating the SAD diet (Standard American Diet)? It appears that the ketogenic diet does. At least that’s what research is showing, and that’s what I am seeing clinically. Let me give you an example. Reversal of vascular disease is what I saw last week in this patient case study in my office. Meet “Mrs. Plaque” (name has been changed to protect her identity). She is a very pleasant 78 year old female who has been seeing me as a patient for the last 10 years. We identified worsening cholesterol and hyperinsulinemia in this patient a few years ago, and last year, she finally decided to go on a ketogenic diet after we noted slight worsening blood sugar (HbA1c increased to 6.1%), worsening cholesterol and a recent TIA (transient ischemic attack or “mini stroke”). We identified a 44% blockage in her left internal carotid artery and a 21% blockage in the right internal carotid artery putting her at risk for further cerebral ischemic events like a stroke and/or other vascular events like a possible heart attack down the road. She refused STATIN therapy as she had previous myalgia and side effects with their use in the past. Past Medical History: Hyperlipidemia, Impaired Fasting Glucose (Pre-Diabetes),.Asthma, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Generalized Anxiety, Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy, Surgical Menopause (Hysterectomy) with Secondary Atrophic Vaginitis, Recent TIA, Cataracts, Appendectomy Medications: Plavix 75mg one daily, Premarin Cream 0.635mg every other day, Xanax 0.5mg at bedtime for anxiety, Lyrica 50mg one nightly for neuropathy, Vitamin D 2000 IU daily , TUMS 750mg twice a day. Her carotid ultrasound a Continue reading >>
Note: Ketosis and its symptoms are often confused with diabetic ketoacidosis. However, diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition, where a severe deficiency of insulin, leads to a toxic buildup of blood glucose, accompanied by excessive breakdown of fat and muscle tissues. However, such alarming levels of ketone bodies are not usually seen in healthy individuals. Our body produces energy from the glucose we get from the consumed carbohydrates. But when glucose is not available, the liver produces ketone bodies to provide the body with the required energy. Although ketones are always present in the body, their levels can rise during a period of prolonged fasting. This condition is called ketosis. The most common cause of ketosis is following a low-carb diet. When one switches over from a high-glycemic diet to a low-glycemic diet, their body enters into a stage of ketosis. The body does not immediately start producing ketones, but if carbohydrates are not included in the diet for a long time, say two days or more, the body starts utilizing the energy from its fat stores. The glucose is thus preserved only for dire conditions like preventing protein and muscle breakdown. The initial stage of ketosis is considered relatively harmless. In fact, ketosis has also been deliberately induced through a ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy. However, prolonged ketosis is harmful for the body and is highly discouraged. Symptoms The most common symptoms of ketosis include: Fatigue Dizziness Headache Excessive thirst Nausea accompanied by abdominal pain Problems with sleeping Bad breath Cold hands and feet Metallic, sweet, or fruity taste in the mouth Strong smelling urine Loss of appetite Temporary sense of euphoria Diagnosis A confirmatory urine test can be done to see whether Continue reading >>
Ketosis: What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carb diet. The aim of the diet is to try and burn unwanted fat by forcing the body to rely on fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates. Ketosis is also commonly observed in patients with diabetes, as the process can occur if the body does not have enough insulin or is not using insulin correctly. Problems associated with extreme levels of ketosis are more likely to develop in patients with type 1 diabetes compared with type 2 diabetes patients. Ketosis occurs when the body does not have sufficient access to its primary fuel source, glucose. Ketosis describes a condition where fat stores are broken down to produce energy, which also produces ketones, a type of acid. As ketone levels rise, the acidity of the blood also increases, leading to ketoacidosis, a serious condition that can prove fatal. People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop ketoacidosis, for which emergency medical treatment is required to avoid or treat diabetic coma. Some people follow a ketogenic (low-carb) diet to try to lose weight by forcing the body to burn fat stores. What is ketosis? In normal circumstances, the body's cells use glucose as their primary form of energy. Glucose is typically derived from dietary carbohydrates, including: sugar - such as fruits and milk or yogurt starchy foods - such as bread and pasta The body breaks these down into simple sugars. Glucose can either be used to fuel the body or be stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. If there is not enough glucose available to meet energy demands, th Continue reading >>
Could A High-fat, Low-carb Diet Someday Replace Dialysis?
MORE A type of low-carb, high-fat diet that's typically used to manage seizures for children with epilepsy could reverse kidney disease in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, a new animal study suggests. If successful in humans, the so-called ketogenic diet could have the potential to replace dialysis, which is a procedure that artificially filters blood in place of a damaged or failed kidney, said study researcher Charles Mobbs, professor of neuroscience and geriatrics and palliative care medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. "I speculate that this may be useful to completely cure diabetic kidney failure , and I hope that it's possible," Mobbs told MyHealthNewsDaily. "If it's possible, we can potentially not require dialysis. That's a big deal." However, a lot more research in mice is needed before any studies can be done in humans, Mobbs said, let alone determine if the diet can reverse advanced kidney disease in humans, he said. "That's the first thing we want to establish in mice: Can we truly reset the clock? Can we completely correct the [kidney] impairments?" Mobbs said. Other experts say the finding is promising for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics with earlier-stage kidney disease, but more research must be done to provide evidence that the diet can make an impact on end-stage kidney disease , or kidney failure. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin (needed to move blood sugar into cells for energy) to control blood sugar levels, according to the National Institutes of Health. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. Overweight and obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet are risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, according to the N Continue reading >>
Reverse Diabetes Naturally With The Ketogenic Diet
This inspirational and revolutionary course is changing the way the world looks at diabetes! Deborah's knowledge and skills in the execution of healthy nutritional ketosis is second to none. This course will empower your to take control of your own health. Take action and enroll today. You CAN greatly improve your quality of life living with diabetes! If you suffer with any of the following then this course is designed especially for you.... Pre-diabetes or insulin resistance Metabolic Syndrome Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes This program will inspire you to take control of your own health by showing you exactly how to naturally manage blood sugars, by teaching you how to induce nutritional ketosis through proper nutrition. This is a Paleo diet on steriods! Nutritional ketosis is not only becoming a standard diet for the treatment of cancer but also in the treatment of diabetes. Some of the benefits of a ketogenic diet may include: Optimal energy levels Sustained energy without highs and lows Balanced blood glucose Reduction in insulin for Type 1 Diabetics Natural weight loss and reduction in body fat if desired Mental clarity - patients describe this as the curtains opening whereby thinking becomes clearer Increased memory - the ketogenic diet is also used in brain illness such a dementia, Parkinsons, epilepsy & Alzheimer's Quality sleep Within this course you will be able to download a full manual with your dietary protocol, a full recipe book, watch dozens of high quality videos demonstrating recipes, and listen to audios that answer each of your questions as you are guided through the process of embracing a ketogenic lifestyle. There is a healthy way of inducing ketosis and an unhealthy way. To succeed on a ketogenic diet long-term it's imperative proper nutrition i Continue reading >>
How The Ketogenic Lifestyle Reversed My Depression
I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I had to. I had to go to work, which, for me, on this particular day, meant walking 10 feet to my desk and opening up my laptop. The alarm on my phone had just gone off, so I knew it was 5 AM. By sheer force of will, I got out of bed and started my day. The previous day was the same as the one before it and the one before it and so on. But the tedium wasn’t the worst of it, the worst of it was that I had spent all of the previous day (and countless ones before it) angry, sad, and frustrated. And I knew that this day was going to be the same. I didn’t enjoy life. I didn’t enjoy anything. I didn’t know it at that moment, but in a little while, I would realize that I was depressed. And I had been depressed for a while. My job wasn’t particularly stressful, but it was unchallenging enough to make me dread it. I was also coming off a failed business start, one that I had spent way too many hours on over the past 10 months, so I was feeling like a particularly huge failure. I don’t know what was different about that day, but a couple of hours after I started work, I came to an emotional crossroads. Sitting there, I decided I had two choices, I could either give up or I could change something. I couldn’t give up, because I had a family to support. So I really only had one choice, and that was to change something. Sitting there, at my desk, with my head resting in my hands, I decided…and this may sound odd to someone who can’t relate, but I decided to change the most immediate and fundamental thing I could. I was going to change what I eat, and I was going to get back to being ketogenic. I had tried the ketogenic lifestyle before, but without any real determination or discipline. I decided that day that I was going to go Continue reading >>
How The Ketogenic Diet Works For Type 2 Diabetes
Special diets for type 2 diabetes often focus on weight loss, so it might seem crazy that a high-fat diet is an option. But the ketogenic (keto) diet, high in fat and low in carbs, can potentially change the way your body stores and uses energy, easing diabetes symptoms. With the keto diet, your body converts fat, instead of sugar, into energy. The diet was created in 1924 as a treatment for epilepsy, but the effects of this eating pattern are also being studied for type 2 diabetes. The ketogenic diet may improve blood glucose (sugar) levels while also reducing the need for insulin. However, the diet does come with risks, so make sure to discuss it with your doctor before making drastic dietary changes. Many people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, so a high-fat diet can seem unhelpful. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to have the body use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates or glucose. A person on the keto diet gets most of their energy from fat, with very little of the diet coming from carbohydrates. The ketogenic diet doesn’t mean you should load up on saturated fats, though. Heart-healthy fats are the key to sustaining overall health. Some healthy foods that are commonly eaten in the ketogenic diet include: eggs fish such as salmon cottage cheese avocado olives and olive oil nuts and nut butters seeds The ketogenic diet has the potential to decrease blood glucose levels. Managing carbohydrate intake is often recommended for people with type 2 diabetes because carbohydrates turn to sugar and, in large quantities, can cause blood sugar spikes. If you already have high blood glucose, then eating too many carbs can be dangerous. By switching the focus to fat, some people experience reduced blood sugar. The Atkins diet is one of the most famous low-carb, high-p Continue reading >>
Study Shows Keto Diet May Reverse Metabolic Syndrome
A study tried to find out if a ketogenic diet could reverse the pathological processes that lead to metabolic syndrome. Researchers looked to see if fasting triglycerides, BMI (body mass index), BFM (body fat mass), and weight could be lowered and to see if A1c levels could be lowered or normalized. They looked for increases in RMR (resting metabolic rate) and ketones. They studied a group of 30 individuals who had been diagnosed by their primary care provider as having metabolic syndrome and randomly prescribed them one of three protocols. One group sustained a ketogenic diet with no exercise. The second group ate a standard American diet with no exercise and the third group was asked to eat a standard American diet but include 3-5 days of 30 minutes of exercise. What is a Ketogenic Diet? In the study paper, they explained that “Ketogenic diets are characterized by a reduction in carbohydrates (usually less than 50g/day) with a relative increase in the physiological proportion of dietary fat with adequate protein to feed individual lean body mass.” They add that ketosis is an energy state the body uses when glucose availability is low whereby ketones are made by the liver. The researchers state that recently, evidence has shown that a ketogenic diet can help conditions like “diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), neurological degeneration, cancer, as well as marked improvement of respiratory and cardiovascular disease risk factors”. Why Are These Results Notable? The results showed that over the course of 10 weeks those who ate a ketogenic diet had reductions in weight, body fat percentage, BMI, and A1C levels. The researchers wrote in their study paper that “All variables for the ketogenic group out-performed those of the exercise and non-exercise gro Continue reading >>
Discover The Best Diet To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes!
In my last post on best foods that fight diabetes, we looked at 4 foods which had the scientific evidence to show that they had the innate properties to increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. Today we are going to look at what is probably the best diet to reverse Type 2 diabetes. For folks who don’t have diabetes, eating such foods will definitely help in preventing Type 2 diabetes, along with a healthy diet that is devoid of refined carbs and sugar. However, for those who already have Type 2 diabetes, having a relatively healthy diet as described above and eating foods that control diabetes is not enough; they can only control their diabetes because once diagnosed with the condition there is little that can be done to reverse the condition, so says the medical community. This means that diabetics will always need to take medication to get their blood sugar levels down to normal. But this in itself comes with a host of issues because all drugs have side effects, some of which can be serious. Side Effects of Diabetes Medications Take Metformin for instance, it’s one of the most common drugs prescribed for Type 2 diabetes patients. The side effects range from having a metallic taste in the mouth to lactic acidosis, which is essentially lactic acid building up in the bloodstream faster than it can be removed. This is just 1 medication; depending on how serious the diabetes is, more medications may be added – which translates to more adverse effects. And diabetes medications do not cure or reverse the condition. If the diabetes isn’t reversed, folks with the condition will always face the risks of hypoglycemia i.e. very low blood sugar and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome (HHNS) i.e. very high blood sugar in the short-term and dia Continue reading >>
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Diabetic Kidney Failure May Be Reversed With Low-carbohydrate Diet
Researchers have found that by administering a low-carb, high-fat diet in mice, that diabetic kidney damage was reversed, and also uncovered an array of genes associated with kidney failure. Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have for the first time determined that the ketogenic diet, a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, may reverse impaired kidney function in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They also identified a previously unreported panel of genes associated with diabetes-related kidney damage, whose changes in expression were reversed by the diet. The findings were published online in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. Charles Mobbs, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and his research team evaluated mice that were genetically predisposed to have Type 1 or 2 diabetes. The mice were allowed to develop diabetic nephropathy, or kidney damage. Half of the mice were put on the ketogenic diet, while the control group maintained a standard high carbohydrate diet. The researchers found that after eight weeks, molecular and functional indicators of kidney damage were reversed in the mice on the ketogenic diet. Microscopic analysis showed that kidney pathology in the model of Type 2 diabetes was partially reversed. "Our study is the first to show that a dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse this serious complication of diabetes," said Dr. Mobbs. "This finding has significant implications for the tens of thousands of Americans diagnosed with diabetic kidney failure, and possibly other complications, each year." The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high-fat diet typically used to control seizures in children with epilepsy. Many cells can get their e Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet: Is The Ultimate Low-carb Diet Good For You?
Recently, many of my patients have been asking about a ketogenic diet. Is it safe? Would you recommend it? Despite the recent hype, a ketogenic diet is not something new. In medicine, we have been using it for almost 100 years to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children. In the 1970s, Dr. Atkins popularized his very-low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss that began with a very strict two-week ketogenic phase. Over the years, other fad diets incorporated a similar approach for weight loss. What is a ketogenic diet? In essence, it is a diet that causes the body to release ketones into the bloodstream. Most cells prefer to use blood sugar, which comes from carbohydrates, as the body’s main source of energy. In the absence of circulating blood sugar from food, we start breaking down stored fat into molecules called ketone bodies (the process is called ketosis). Once you reach ketosis, most cells will use ketone bodies to generate energy until we start eating carbohydrates again. The shift, from using circulating glucose to breaking down stored fat as a source of energy, usually happens over two to four days of eating fewer than 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Keep in mind that this is a highly individualized process, and some people need a more restricted diet to start producing enough ketones. Because it lacks carbohydrates, a ketogenic diet is rich in proteins and fats. It typically includes plenty of meats, eggs, processed meats, sausages, cheeses, fish, nuts, butter, oils, seeds, and fibrous vegetables. Because it is so restrictive, it is really hard to follow over the long run. Carbohydrates normally account for at least 50% of the typical American diet. One of the main criticisms of this diet is that many people tend to eat too much protein and Continue reading >>
Multiple Studies Find Ketogenic Diet Helps Reverse Autistic Symptoms
Print Friendly or Save as PDF Contributing writer for Wake Up World In late 2015, results from a National Health Interview Survey regarding the rate of autism in the United States sent shockwaves across the nation. Contrary to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) official estimate that 1 in 68 American children are now autistic, the new data found 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with the disorder. While the new numbers were calculated from a parental survey and aren’t an official replacement for the CDC estimate, the agency admits its data has limitations and could very well have underestimated the prevalence of autism in the U.S. Regardless of which estimate is considered correct, the fact remains that parents, physicians and researchers have all seen a disturbing upward trend in autism over the last several decades. The debate continues as to why autism is on the rise, but there are no easy answers. Many within the medical and scientific community, as well as resourceful parents, have turned their attention instead to finding treatments and therapies that help ease, if not entirely erase, hallmark symptoms of the disorder. One approach which has shown promise is the use of a ketogenic diet. A High-Fat Solution For Neurological Issues For nearly 100 years, ketogenic diets have been prescribed to treat epilepsy patients — largely children — with great success. The high-fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet has also in recent years been used effectively in slowing the onset of neurodegenerative disorders. And now researchers are finding the diet can help autistic individuals. Conducted by a team of international scientists and led by Susan Masino, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Trinity College, Connecticut, the team was Continue reading >>
Ketosis… The Cure For Diabetes?
A reduced insulin load diet will lead to normalised blood sugars and improved insulin sensitivity. A reduced insulin load diet can be achieved by reducing carbohydrates, moderating protein and choosing higher fibre foods. Intermittent fasting also reduces insulin load. Measuring your blood sugars is a simple and cost effective way to check that your metabolic health is on track. A diet of nutrient dense, high fibre, high fat foods is the best way to optimise nutrition and minimise the risks associated with diabetes. how to become diabetic… In the “good old days” there were periods of feast and famine. Food was typically eaten with the fibrous packing that it came with. In today’s modern food environment we are encouraged by the food industry (and those sponsored by it) to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, pre-workout meals, post workout stacks, sports gels during exercise, and maybe some Gatorade to speed recovery. Today’s food is plentiful, typically highly processed and low in fibre. Carbohydrate and sugar based foods have a long shelf life, can be transported long distances and therefore cheap. Win, win? Maybe not. As we keep loading our bodies with simple sugars and carbohydrates our pancreas has to work overtime to produce insulin to shuttle excess sugar from the blood to your fat stores. Over time we become insulin resistant and the pancreas can’t keep up. Once your blood sugars get high enough you will be diagnosed with “type 2 diabetes” and put on medication to improve your insulin sensitivity, for a time. If nothing changes in your food intake your insulin sensitivity will continue to deteriorate until you reach a point when you’ll need to inject insulin to keep your blood sugars down. Injecting excessive amounts of insulin will cause you Continue reading >>
How To Come Off Of A Fat Loss Or Ketogenic Diet Correctly
Diets by definition are temporary. This is what gets a lot of people in trouble because there is a defined time frame of when they monitor their caloric intake, and once that time period is up it’s easy to undo all the progress one made in just a few short weeks by returning to old eating habits. So while an individual reaches adequate levels of weight and fat loss during their diet, they can quickly gain back all the weight and fat they lost initially if not more. This leads to a false sense of morality tied into people’s nutrition and outrageous claims of people blaming their genetics for their body composition because “I’ve tried every diet and nothing works for me.” Well…I am here to tell you that you don’t have to fall into this viscous cycle as long as you know how to properly come off of either a fat loss or ketogenic diet. REVERSE DIETING. Boom – two key words is all it takes. Reverse dieting means there is a strategic and slow increase of either calories or specific macronutrients back into one’s every day nutrition versus an all-out binge returning to eating whatever anyone wants because “they earned it” – this will LIMIT (not eliminate) fat gain as you add calories back into the mix (because let’s face it – NO ONE wants to be in a caloric deficit year round!). So yes, calorie or macronutrient (i.e. protein, fat, carbs) counting must continue. Fail to take this phase of your diet into account and your scale numbers will skyrocket before you can think twice. So….hopefully you have followed a proper diet protocol meaning you didn’t start your diet at an absurdly low calorie count with high workload. Like your weight training, diets should be progressive – meaning the longer your diet goes you SLOWLY lower your food intake (keep Continue reading >>
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