Keto diet could help control body weight, blood sugar in type 2 diabetes

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Scientists from Fujian Medical University and elsewhere found that a keto diet could help control body weight, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol in people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

There is a large number of overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes. People can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood.

Although people can’t change risk factors related to family history, age, race, or ethnicity, people may be able to avoid some risk factors by maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.

The ketogenic diet is characterized by fat as a substitute for carbohydrates for the primary energy source.

The ketogenic or “keto” diet is a low-carbohydrate, fat-rich eating plan that has been used for centuries to treat specific medical conditions.

The keto diet is distinctive for its exceptionally high-fat content, typically 70% to 80%, though with only a moderate intake of protein.

Nowadays this diet is gaining considerable attention as a potential weight-loss strategy.

In the current study, researchers aimed to examine the effect of a ketogenic diet on overweight or obese patients newly got type 2 diabetes.

They tested 60 overweight or obese people newly diagnosed.

These people were assigned to two groups: the keto diet group, which was given a ketogenic diet, and the control group, which was given a routine diet for diabetes.

Both diets lasted 12 weeks. During the period, the team tested the people’s blood sugar, blood cholesterol, body weight, and insulin.

The team found that for both groups, the body weight, BMI (body mass index), waist, triglyceride, cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), HDL (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol), fasting blood sugar, and fasting insulin were decreased after the diet intervention.

But the decrease rates in the keto diet group were stronger than in the control group.

The team also showed that uric acid levels in the keto diet group increased after the diet intervention, while in the control group was not changed strongly.

In addition, the willingness to adhere to the keto diet over the long term was weaker than the routine diet for diabetes.

Based on the findings, the team suggests that in overweight or obese people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the keto diet can not only control body weight but also control blood sugar and cholesterol.

However, long-term persistence can be difficult.

The research was published in BMC Endocrine Disorders and conducted by Sumei Li et al.

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