A ketogenic diet can certainly lower blood sugar better than conventional diets, the better that there is a company that makes a keto product that claims that ketogenic diets can cure diabetes. But here they confuse the symptoms – high blood sugar – with the disease intolerance to carbohydrates. People with diabetes cannot handle carbohydrates properly and this results in high blood sugar. Of course, if you stick to eating only fat, your blood sugar will remain low, but you will actually worsen the underlying disease at the same time.
We have known for nearly a century that if we put people on a ketogenic diet, their carbohydrate intolerance can only increase in two days. Here is the blood sugar reaction of a person who eats sugar after two days on a high carb diet. Here is the exposure to the same amount of sugar after eating a high-fat diet for two days. Their intolerance to carbohydrates increased with a high-fat diet.
One week on a diet of 80% fat can lead to 4 times higher blood sugar levels in response to the same carbohydrate load than one week on a low-fat diet. Even a day’s intake of excessive amounts of fat can do it. If you are being tested for diabetes, eating a greasy dinner the night before can negatively affect your results. A meal high in saturated fat can worsen the cause of diabetes, carbohydrate intolerance, within four hours.
Now, with enough weight loss, no matter what the means, whether from cholera or bariatric surgery, type 2 diabetes can be cured, but the keto diet for diabetes can not only fill the cracks, but also actively throw wood into the fire .
I’m trying to come up with a good metaphor. It’s easy to come up with things that just treat the symptoms without helping the underlying disease, such as when we give a person with pneumonia aspirin for fever instead of antibiotics. But the keto diet for diabetes is worse than that because it can cure the symptoms while actively exacerbating the disease. So it may be more like treating a fever by throwing a pneumonia patient out into a snowdrift. Or maybe “cure” your amputated finger by amputating your hand. No more ugly soil! One of the co-founders of masteringdiabetes.org believes that just like the CEO, who fixes the bad conclusion to look better just by taking tons of more money. The exterior numbers look better, but inside the company just buries itself in a deeper hole.
Do you remember the Club? Maybe I just watched too much TV late at night as I was growing up, but it’s a car device that attaches to the steering wheel and locks it in place so that the steering wheel can turn only a few millimeters. Imagine you are in a car on top of a hill with the steering wheel locked. Then the car starts rolling down the hill. What are you doing? Oh, did I mention there’s also something tucked under the brake pedal too? The equivalent of the keto diet in this situation is who cares if you drive down to traffic without any brakes and with the steering wheel locked? Just stick strictly to straight deserted roads without any stop signs or traffic lights. If you do, the problem is solved! Yes, the longer you drive, the higher your speed, so if you hit a diet hole in the road or deviate from the road, over time the consequences can become even more catastrophic. But if you stick to the keto regime strictly, you will be fine. In contrast, the reaction without keto would be simply unlocking the steering wheel and pushing out anything that is stuck under the brake. In other words, solving the main problem instead of just whistling past (and then into) the cemetery.
The reason why proponents of the keto diet claim that they can “cure” diabetes is that they can successfully interrupt the insulin of diabetics with type 2 diabetes. But it’s like believing that you can cure someone in need of a wheelchair by making them to lie in bed for the rest of their lives. You don’t need a wheelchair if you never move. Their intolerance to carbohydrates has not disappeared; their diabetes has not disappeared. It can get just as bad or even worse. Type 2 diabetes is treated when you can eliminate people’s insulin as they continue to eat a normal diet like everyone else; then and only then do you no longer have diabetes. A true diet for diabetes is almost the opposite of a ketogenic diet: diabetics stop insulin for a few weeks by eating more than 300 grams of carbohydrates a day.
The irony doesn’t stop there. One of the reasons why diabetics suffer from such nerve and arterial damage is due to an inflammatory metabolic toxin known as methylglyoxal, which is formed at high blood sugar levels. Methylglyoxal is the most potent creator of advanced glycation end products, the so-called AGEs, which are involved in degenerative diseases, from Alzheimer’s disease and cataracts to kidney disease and stroke. You get AGE in your body from two sources: eating it from your food or making it internally from methylglyoxal if you have high blood sugar levels. On a keto diet, one would expect high exposure to pre-formed AGEs, as they are concentrated in foods of animal origin high in fat and protein, but we would expect less internal new formation due to presumably low levels of methylglyoxal, such as lower blood sugar is considered after not eating carbohydrates. However, Dartmouth researchers were surprised to find more methylglyoxal. A few weeks of the Atkins diet led to a significant increase in methylglyoxal levels, and those in active ketosis worsened further, doubling the level of this glycotoxin in your blood. It turns out that high blood sugar levels may not be the only way to produce this toxin.
One of the ketones that is produced on a ketogenic diet is acetone, known for its major role as a nail polish remover. Acetone does more than fail people on a keto diet when researching breath and developing the so-called “rotten apple breath.” Acetone can be oxidized in the blood to acetol, which can be a precursor to methylglyoxal. This may be why people on a keto diet may end up with high levels of this glycotoxin, as high as those with uncontrolled diabetes, which can cause nerve damage and blood vessel damage that you see. and in diabetics. This is another way that people on a keto diet can eventually get a heart attack. So the irony of treating diabetes with a keto diet can extend beyond simply exacerbating diabetes, but also by mimicking some of the severe consequences of diabetes.