How Ketosis Treats Type 2 Diabetes
Ketosis is a natural metabolic state that allows your body to burn fat for fuel. During ketosis, your body produces ketones from your fat stores, which can be used for energy when there are no more carbohydrates left to burn. Although you always produce a small amount of ketones, you can dramatically increase your ketones (and the fat you burn) by reducing the calories you eat, fasting, reducing carbohydrates in your diet, or increasing your activity with exercise.
When practiced regularly, entering ketosis has countless benefits, including weight loss, decreased inflammation and improved mental clarity. Maintaining a state of ketosis can even help reverse, treat and prevent type 2 diabetes.
While you should always speak with your healthcare physician before beginning any new diet or lifestyle change, there is some research that suggests ketosis may be an optimal treatment for type 2 diabetes.
In 2020, one meta-analysis showed that ketogenic diets were more effective in improving metabolic parameters associated with glycemic, weight, and lipid controls in patients who were overweight or obese, especially those with preexisting diabetes, as compared to low-fat diets.