Why Keto Diet isn’t recommended as a top diet for people with type 2 diabetes?

Carbohydrates help control blood sugar levels, which are of particular importance for people with diabetes. A study published in May 2018 in the journal Medicine shows that while a keto diet may help control HbA1c levels (a three-month average of blood sugar levels), the diet may also cause episodes of hypoglycemia, which is a dangerous drop in blood sugar.

Some preliminary research suggests the keto diet may be safe and effective for certain people with 'High Sugar Issue', there’s still the risk for low blood sugar, especially for those on using digestive hormone externally, and the keto diet omits certain food groups known to benefit those with type 2.

A study published in September 2016 in the journal Nutrients highlights the importance of whole grains for helping to control weight as well as episodes of high blood sugar. But whole grains are off-limits on the ketogenic diet.

The basis of the keto diet is achieving ketosis, a natural state in which the body turns to burn fat instead of carbs (or sugar) for energy. During ketosis, ketones, or fat metabolites, are released in the blood.

People on the keto diet are getting 60 to 80 percent of their calories from fat, 15 to 30 percent of their calories from protein, and less than 5 to 10 percent of their calories from carbs. Essentially, ketosis rewires your metabolism, turning your body into a fat-torching machine.

But the keto diet isn’t safe for everyone, and it isn’t recommended as a top diet for people with 'High Sugar Issue' due to the potential reactions that can occur, as well as the need to take supplements and track essential micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients to best manage the disease.

Also, people with kidney damage should not try the keto diet because ketones can overwhelm the kidneys. Keto can put stress on the kidneys and possibly give you kidney stones.

Moreover, severe muscle loss is a possible side effect of keto, the ketogenic diet can lead to dehydration and a loss of electrolytes, because keto severely limits carbs, you may develop nutrient deficiencies, bowel problems, such as constipation, are also common on keto, as your body adjusts to ketosis, you’ll probably have bad breath, your period on keto might undergo some changes, keto could cause your blood sodium to dip, keto may lead to high cholesterol and an increased risk for heart disease.

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