(Keto Diet For Diabetics) Diabetes Control Food

Effect of keto diet on diabetes

The keto diet has the potential to reduce blood sugar levels. Because in ketogenic diet one eats a very low or no carbohydrate, and people with diabetes are recommended to take low carbohydrate and this is because carbohydrate turns into glucose and this for people with type 2 diabetes. So instead of burning glucose it will burn fat.


How ketogenic diet works

All the cells in our body needs fuel to function. This fuel comes from fat, carbohydrates or protein. Too much protein without fat puts our body into risk, so protein can never serve as a primary source of fuel. So now how about fat and carb. Normally our body preferred carbohydrate to carry out everyday task. This carbohydrates is now converted to glucose,which is readily converted to energy. This is why athletes “carb load” before they compete. Peak performance occurs when the body has plenty of glucose and glycogen stores available at hand. When glycogen runs out, that’s when the body turns to fat. When there is no more blood sugar for our cells to consume, they seek an alternative form of energy. This energy comes from ketones, which are compounds our body produces from stored fat. So a ketogenic diet is one that is high in fat and very low in carbohydrates, resulting in the production of ketones to be used for fuel instead of glucose. A diabetic person stays away from food with high carb content which is also what someone on a ketogenic diet does.

Impact on blood sugar levels

A ketogenic diet may help some people with type 2 diabetes because it allows the body to maintain glucose levels at a low but healthy level.

The lower intake of carbohydrates in the diet can help to eliminate large spikes in blood sugar, reducing the need for insulin.

Studies on ketogenic diets, including research from 2018, have found that they can be helpful in controlling levels of HbA1c. This refers to the amount of glucose traveling with hemoglobin in the blood over about 3 months.

Keto Diet For Diabetics

(Keto Diet For Diabetics) Diabetes Control Food

A ketogenic diet should consist of the following types of food:

  • Low-carb vegetables: A good rule of thumb is to eat non-stavegetables at every meal. Beware of starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn.
  • Eggs: Eggs are low in carbohydrates, as well as being an excellent source of protein.
  • Meats: Fatty meats are acceptable, but should be eaten in moderation to be mindful of heart health. Also, be mindful of consuming too much protein. Combining a high level of protein with low levels of carbohydrates may cause the liver to convert the protein into glucose. This would raise blood sugar levels.
  • Healthful fat sources: These include avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. Although the diet is mostly fat, it is important and recommended including mostly healthy fats over not as healthy options such as bacon, sausage, red meat, and fried cheeses.
  • Fish: This is a good source of protein.
  • Berries: These are good sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are okay to consume on the keto diet in the right quantity.

Is Keto Safe if You Have Diabetes?

That depends on the type of diabetes you have. In general, people with type 2 who are overweight seem to get good results safely. If you have type 1 and want to try the keto diet, it’s essential that you talk to your doctor first. You’ll need to carefully monitor your health and watch for signs of ketoacidosis. For either type, it’s a good idea to work closely with your doctor, since you may need to change your medications. The keto diet has some side effects that are worth knowing about, too:Hypoglycemia: Though the diet can lower A1c levels, that may mean you’re at a higher risk of blood sugar that dips too low, especially if you’re also taking medicine for your diabetes. Let your doctor or diabetes educator know if you try the keto diet. They can advise you about checking your blood sugar, taking your medicines, and what to do when your blood sugar drops too low.


There is generally a lack of long-term studies into the safety and effectiveness of ketogenic diets and, this is why a doctor’s opinion is needed before starting the diet.

There are a few groups of people for whom a ketogenic diet may not be suitable, or at the very least, warrants close supervision.

These include pregnant women, children, people at risk of hypoglycemia, people with a very low BMI, and those with conditions that a ketogenic diet may exacerbate.

To succeed on a keto diet when you have diabetes you should

  • Determine an effective treatment plan with your doctor.
  • Implement a ketogenic diet that limits dairy and wheat consumption.
  • Check blood sugar levels frequently throughout the day (at least 8-10 times).
  • Supplement with vitamin D3 by getting sun exposure and taking a supplement every day.
  • Exercise daily, but make sure you monitor your blood sugar and check for hypoglycemia symptoms.
  • Get your A1C levels tested every three months to determine the effectiveness of your treatment plan.




What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic Diet is a low carbohydrate, adequate-protein and high fat content diet. or it is a low Carb, high protein, high-fat diet designed to activate a state of ketosis in our body, which then begins to burn stored fat as energy instead of using carbs. And one way to achieve you weight lose goal. This is a great way to burn Calories in your body. as we go further we are going to talk more on fasting and benefit of fasting on Keto. the Ketogenic diet is not something you say you pickup as you go. You have to be prepared before going into it. you have to do your meal pre. have a schedule of what to eat and stick to it. I personally can 100% say it works because i have done it and is the only one that has worked for me.

The Ketogenic diet is usually high in fat.For example, 5% of calories my be protein, 25% may be Protein, and 70% may be from fat. The truth is that there different ones out there, so the proportions may vary.

The keto diet diagram

Does the Ketogenic diet increase weight lose?

The straight forward answer is yes for does who stick with the diet. And this i know to be true because i have done it and it worked for me. but how does the ketogenic diet work?  the ketogenic diet changes the way the metabolism works thereby increase weight lose. it causes the body to enter a state of ketosis. ketosis is the state in which the body burns fat for fuel instead of glucose. without ketosis that is to say during normal metabolism, carbohydrates in the food are converted into glucose,which is then used as the body’s primary energy source. At the state of ketosis the body is forced to switch over to burning the fat instead. Keto diet makes it simple and easy to lose weight. The ketogenic diet helps to keep blood sugar level low. it also help to maintain a very stable and high energy level. Let’s not forget that ketogenic diet has it’s own side effect and can include:

  • Strange-smelling breath.
  • difficulty to concentrate.
  • Muscle cramping.
  • Fatigue.

The good news is that when your body has fully adjusted to this stage or diet this side effects stops.

Why fast in Ketogenic diet?

In the opening sentence we mentioned fasting briefly. now let let us look at it in fuller details. Well as we have established that the ketogenic diet is a low carb, high-protein, high -fat diet designed to activate a state of ketosis in our body, at that stage our body start to burn fat as energy instead of glucose. But to kick of the weight lose you still need to burn a lot more of the calories more than you are eating. And so to do that you to FAST. Fasting on a keto diet is the best way to burn the calories and kick your keto diet up a notch. When we fast more often we will optimize our energy metabolism, reduce obesity. It is also important to point at at this stage that when we say fasting, in keto diet, we don’t mean to say the fasting that people do for their faith, whereby they eat nothing at all, this is different from that. In keto diet fasting you get to eat, drink depending on the type of fasting one is doing. Fasting is simply avoiding to accidently overeating on ketogenic diet. One can chose the way they want to fast or what works for them. there are different types of fasting and all profess to work, at the end of the day it depends on an individual to decide what works for them based on their plan.

Types of Fasting

Intermittent fasting has been used in recent years to increase weight loss. A lot of method can be effective. we are going to look at six different methods.

  1. One meal a day: In this method one can fast in the morning and afternoon, you the eat in the evening. in the morning and through the day you can drink your coffee or tea or your chicken broth and  electrolytes throughout this time in the evening you can eat a well balance keto diet.
  2. 16-hour fast: Many people on a ketogenic diet use this form of fasting on a daily basis. This means skipping breakfast in the morning. So the first meal of the will be eaten no sooner than 11:00 am.
  3. 24-hour fast:  this methods involves fasting from dinner day to the next dinner day. so let say from Monday dinner to Tuesday dinner, that will amount to 24 hour fast. one can also alternate this method.It is important to eat well during your eating hour. Do not rush into this method, just like the first 2 we have mentioned.This method can be done either once or twice a week.
  4.  36-hour: This one at the end of a meal in the evening, say 7:00 pm, continues throughout the next day and night ending the following morning breakfast in the morning. So this means for one full day no solid food is eaten just the regular. tea, coffee as we have mentioned before.
  5. 48-hour: so this method involves fasting for 48 hours in a week. This involves eating your normal keto diet for 5 days in the week. while restricting your calorie in take to 500-600 for the 2 days that is left in the week. you select the days that works for you well, it is fine.
  6. The warrior diet: This method is all about eating small amount of fruits and vegetables during the day and eating one huge meal for dinner.This type of diet was one of the first popular form of intermittent fasting. So this method is all about eating only small amounts of vegetables and fruits during the day and eating huge at dinner.  


The truth is that there are a lot of method of fasting out there, and most of them promise to give you the result you want. AT the end of the day one has to select what works for them. Personally i have tried this ones and it worked for me. The truth is that at first is not easy but once you get into it, it becomes easy to follow. I love to fast and still do it till date. You have to a level of self-discipline and also try to eat healthy food not junk.

and for you to love fasting you must make your food to be

  1. make it nutritious
  2. appealing to the eye
  3. make it to satisfy your hunger
  4. and tasted great.

All this will make fasting easy to do. And when you fast in ketogenic diet you are assured to achieve great result in no less a time.

What do you think?  Have you tried ketogenic diet before, leave us a comment, let us know what you think.

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