This is a follow up on last week’s Blog post, Reversing Diabetes 101 with Dr. Sarah Hallberg.
In this post I am highlighting the impressive results of following a low-carb diet.
Virta was founded in 2014 by several doctors including Drs. Hallberg, Volek and Phinney. Virta conducted a clinical trial in which they enrolled 262 adult volunteers with type 2 diabetes, who chose to receive this new, continuous care intervention utilizing nutritional ketosis.
For comparison, the study also enrolled 87 adult volunteers who received the typical care and support for treatment of type 2 diabetes (Usual Care), including appointments with their physician and consultations with registered dietitians regarding nutrition and lifestyle changes recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
Patients receiving the continuous care intervention had significant reductions in HbA1c, weight, and medication use in 10 weeks. Many people wondered if these improvements could be sustained for a longer period of time. After one year, the health outcomes for participants enrolled in the trial were published.
The inserted picture to shows the impressive results for Body Weight, ALT, ApoB, AST, HbA1c, HDL-C, High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein, Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR), LDL-C, Serum Creatinine, Triglycerides and Uric Acid.
These results demonstrate that there are alternatives to usual care that improve health outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. Glycemic control can improve and be sustained while simultaneously reducing or eliminating medications and losing weight.
Not only can this intervention be delivered without negative impact on other aspects of health, it also improves atherogenic dyslipidemia, blood pressure, elevated liver enzymes, and inflammation.
Management of type 2 diabetes is commonly approached with pharmaceuticals to achieve better glycemic control, but these options are sometimes associated with increased cardiovascular risk or weight gain.
Low-carb patients can lower HbA1c without increasing cardiovascular risk or weight and while improving multiple independent cardiovascular risk factors.
The average Virta patient in this trial had diabetes for 8 years and 30% of participants were prescribed insulin when they enrolled; 94% of insulin users were able to reduce or eliminate the medication and 60% of participants were able to reverse their type 2 diabetes at one year.
Research interest in nutritional ketosis has skyrocketed in the last few years and evidence mounting to suggest it has a broad range of health benefits.
It’s clear from these data that improvement in type 2 diabetes can be sustained. We know this lifestyle change to reverse type 2 diabetes requires a long-term commitment.
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Lifestyle change is often the first line of defense against the consequences of diabetes and comes with less risk and cost than other treatment options.
If you are taking medication while on the nutritional ketosis diet it may have to be reduced or discontinued therefore working with your doctor is strongly advised.
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