There is a new study published in the Journal of Physiology which made connections between keto dieting and type 2 diabetes. Apparently, ketogenic diets increases the risk of developing this disease. That’s all because of the first period of the keto diet, according to science.
What are keto diets, exactly?
A popular diet among our peers, the keto diet is made from low carbs and high fats. Until this study, people thought of it to be quite healthy for you and it seemed to help a lot of people to lose weight. That’s why this study was conducted, to make sure that it is truly healthy.
Let’s talk a bit about insulin
When sugar enters your bloodstream, our bodies start producing insulin. Pancreatic cells start to synthesize it and release it into your bloodstream. Insulin also lets the liver know when it’s time to stop the sugar production. Once this tightly-knit system is broken, a lot of problems occur.
Insulin production isn’t as good as it was, making your body resistant to this hormone. In the end, you will have more sugar in your bloodstream than you should.
How does keto dieting cause this?
Scientists in Zurich conducted an experiment involving mice with two types of diets. One was ketogenic, while the other was high in fats and carbs. After a while, the researchers ran metabolic tests on the mice.
For now, they found out that ketogenic diets come with a great risk of making your body resistant to insulin, which may lead to type 2 diabetes. The research doesn’t stop now, for they have to find out the exact mechanism of this effect and conclude if it really is the fault of keto diets. One conclusion is that high-fat intake and low or regular carb diets leads to insulin resistance in the liver.
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.