A study I recently read about notes that a ketogenic diet (which is a form of a low-carbohydrate diet) can potentially have major health benefits—specifically for diabetics.
I agree wholeheartedly. Although this particular article singled out one extreme type of ketogenic diet that probably won’t appeal to most people. The good news is, you can reap similar benefits without going to extremes. I’ll explain what I mean in a minute. But first, let’s back up and take a look at this new research.
The study was small and informal—involving just 17 patients of one North Dakota physician. And it looked specifically at the Ketogenic Enteral diet, also known as the feeding tube diet, which has been a topic of controversy since it was introduced in the U.S. in 2011.
In the diet, a feeding tube with an electric pump is inserted through the nose and into the esophagus. A nutritional solution is administered through the tube 24 hours a day, allowing the patient to take in about 800 calories daily. People on the diet can’t eat anything and may only drink water, tea or black coffee. This process lasts a number of days under doctor supervision.
As I said above, it’s definitely on the “extreme” end of the spectrum. But based on the results he saw in his patients, the doctor who conducted this research believes it may be the answer for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.
In addition to weight loss, his data showed all patients had improved blood sugar control and were able to eliminate taking diabetic medications or drastically reduce their dosage.
I certainly believe in the benefits of ketogenic diets for diabetics.
That said, I’m here to provide you real-world solutions you can incorporate into your everyday life. This particular “feeding tube” ketogenic diet may be an option for dire cases. But it probably isn’t very realistic for most people. The good news is, you can get the same benefits with other, less extreme measures.
That’s because virtually all diets that are low in carbs and high in good fats are, by nature, ketogenic.
While my New Hamptons Health Miracle isn’t as extreme as the Ketogenic Enteral diet, it also treats sugar as an enemy (because it is). It’s this reason why my diabetic patients have had lasting success—no feeding tube required.
“‘Feeding tube diet’ the answer for diabetes, study suggests,” Fox News, 12/8/14