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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

Is following a "Keto" diet considered a healthy approach for individuals with diabetes?

Following a “Keto” diet, which is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, may have some potential benefits for individuals with diabetes, but its suitability as a long-term and healthy approach is debated.

The short-term benefits of the Keto diet include improvements in blood sugar control and weight loss. It may also improve insulin sensitivity in some individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, there are concerns about the nutritional adequacy and long-term sustainability of the Keto diet. Severely restricting carbohydrates can make it challenging to maintain a balanced eating pattern and may lead to nutrient deficiencies. Compliance with the Keto diet can also be difficult over the long term.

The response to the Keto diet varies among individuals, and some may experience adverse effects. There are concerns about the potential impact on cardiovascular health due to the higher intake of saturated fats.

Diabetes management should be personalized, taking into account individual factors such as overall health, personal preferences, and medication regimens. Working with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian is important to develop a personalized meal plan that aligns with specific needs and goals.

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