It’s becoming more common these days for people to use a dietary treatment for type 2 diabetes rather than taking medications that lower your blood sugar. After all, blood sugar mainly comes from ingesting carbohydrates from foods such as sugar, bread and potatoes.
The keto diet restricts carbohydrate intake in order to enable the body to convert excess fat into energy. The body normally uses blood sugar for its main source of fuel, but when your stores of glycogen are depleted by a low-carb diet, the body needs to consume the stored energy in your fat cells for energy.
When the body is burning off your stored fat, it consumes a chemical called “ketones,” and this process is referred to as “ketosis.” In general, any time your body is using stored fat for energy, you are in a ketogenic state. Consequently, it’s normal for people to burn ketones late at night during sleep because, after many hours of not eating, your glycogen stores will sometimes drop low enough to the point where fat burning starts to occur.
The ketogenic diet is mainly designed to make burning excess fat easier, and another benefit of the ketogenic state is decreased hunger. When you go enough days without eating sugary or starchy foods, you will no longer feel the strong urges to snack on chips, French fries and candy bars. It sounds hard to believe, but just about everyone who tries the keto diet reports this amazing result. That doesn’t mean you will be completely free of hunger, but those ravenous impulses will usually disappear.
As far as treating type 2 diabetes, results will vary from patient to patient. Doctors recommend that all diabetics reduce consumption of sugar and high-carb foods that spike your blood sugar. Diabetes is defined by having a blood sugar level that is far above normal, and high-carb foods can easily bring a diabetic into a dangerous state of high blood sugar. Conversely, if you eliminate carbohydrates, you could end up maintaining a normal blood sugar level without taking any medication.
In any case, diabetics should monitor their blood sugar to make sure it is in the normal range. Restricting carbohydrates while taking medication is risky because the medication could cause your blood sugar to drop dangerously low. If your doctor approves it, you might be safer if you try a ketogenic diet without taking any diabetic medication, then monitor your blood sugar to see if your blood sugar drops to a normal range. Since most cases of type 2 diabetes result from obesity and over-consumption of refined carbs, it makes sense to treat the disease by eliminating the wrong foods from your diet and losing excess weight.