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Insulin Stability and Ketones

Alright, it’s time to get serious about this epidemic. Everyday, people talk about their health status with friends, family members, as well as health professionals. Obesity and diabetes are frequent discussion topics in many countries of the world, but the United States blows statistics out of the water.

Check this out! The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected infographic data comparing the prevalence of type-2 diabetes in adults over the age of 18 in each state annually from 1994 to 2014. These statistics are astounding and disgusting!

In 1994, South Carolina was the only state to have a prevalence over 6.0%. Let’s jump forward to 1999. Mississippi  becomes the only state to have a prevalence over 7.5%. At the same time, the number of states with less than 4.5% prevalence decreased from 25 to 8; 17 of those states climbed their way up to the next percentage bracket. The most appalling of all is 2014. The lowest prevalence is 6.0%, and more than half of the United States is over 9.0% type-2 diabetic!

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CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!?! I don’t think people truly understand the significance of this diagnosis when it is given by a physician. Most go on living their “normal” life, but utilize insulin in a medication as a means to moderate their blood sugar levels. What they don’t understand is that “logically, insulin does not help reverse the disease, but actually worsens it.” Insulin resistance makes the human body gain weight, and gaining weight definitely does not improve type-2 diabetes. “We’ve been prescribing drugs for a dietary disease. No wonder it doesn’t work.” I love this statement. So let’s dig a little deeper and see what actually needs to take place to reverse this monstrous disease overtaking our people.

Insulin is a hormone produced when we eat, which allows glucose into the cells. Once insulin is unable to do so, glucose just piles up outside the cell in the blood, creating what’s called insulin resistance. The cells are already over-filled with glucose, so now they resist the glucose because it is completely at capacity. This insulin resistance (present in type-2 diabetes) can only be reversed with the extreme moderation of sugar in the diet!

Now that you understand the cause of type-2 diabetes, let’s look at the reversal (or treatment) of it! First of all, don’t put more sugar in your body! Adapting to a low carb, high fat diet is highly recommended for an individual with type-2 diabetes. Cleansing the liver of excess sugar and providing a stability in blood glucose levels will help put the body in ketosis and burn off fat (adipose tissue) as fuel, lower your weight and combat type-2 diabetes! Integrating intermittent fasting and an exercise program will also help to lower blood glucose levels! To learn more about what it means to follow a ketogenic diet, read What Do I Eat to Flourish? While maintaining a ketogenic diet can be a challenge, and huge shift from your previous eating habits, exogenous ketones can be consumed to help expedite this process by moderating blood glucose levels and increasing blood ketone levels. To understand how exogenous ketones help the body become insulin sensitive rather than resistance, check out Can’t Commit to the Keto Diet Yet?

I hope this information will help you, a loved one, a friend, co-worker or even your next door neighbor understand more the effects sugar have on your body. Remember: you only have one body to live in, so take care of it every single day. Thank you to Dr. Andra Campitelli for sharing the link on Facebook to Jason Fung’s “How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes” and inspiring this post.

Lovingly,

Coral Jinright

 

Resources

Maps of Trends in Diagnosed Diabetes: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/slides/maps_diabetes_trends.pdf

How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes:  https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/reverse-type-2-diabetes-the-quick-start-guide/

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the Ketogenic Diet Intervention

A good friend and co-worker of mine and I have been recently discussing her struggle with PCOS and the research I have collected to show the positive effects being in ketosis has on the human body for those women battling PCOS.  In light of our conversations, I found this would be a great opportunity to share this with other women who could benefit from having this knowledge!

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is often associated with symptoms of excess testosterone: irregular or absent menses, excessive body hair,  and infertility. PCOS is also associated with medical abnormalities such as central obesity, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia.

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PCOS Awareness Infographic (PRNewsFoto/PCOS Challenge, Inc.)

A pilot study conducted in 2005 by John C MavropoulosWilliam S YancyJuanita Hepburn, and  Eric C Westman instructed 5 females who passed a screening test based on diagnosis of having PCOS, chronic anovulation (missing or irregular menses) and a BMI greater than 27 kg/m2. In summary, in this pilot study, LCKD was followed consisting of the following parameters:

  1. fewer than 20 grams of carbohydrate per day (as tolerated throughout the 6-month study period)
  2. unlimited consumption of animal foods (meat, chicken, turkey, other fowl, fish, shellfish)
  3. prepared and fresh cheeses (up to 4 and 2 ounces per day, respectively)
  4. unlimited eggs
  5. salad vegetables (2 cupfuls per day)
  6. low carbohydrate vegetables (1 cupful per day)
  7. strongly encouraged to drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of permitted fluids per day
  8. encouraged to take one multivitamin per day
  9. encouraged to exercise at least three times per week on their own, although this was not mandatory
  10. discouraged to drink caffeine and alcohol

This pilot study showed that adherence to a LCKD led to improvement in body weight, percent free testosterone, LH/FSH ratio (associated with fertility), fasting serum insulin, and other symptoms in women diagnosed with PCOS over a six-month period.

In “KETO Clarity” by Jimmy Moore and Eric Westman, MD, the effects of a ketogenic diet on PCOS is again highly acknowledged. Referring to the same study referenced above, women had an average weight loss of 12% (i.e. decrease from 180 lbs to 159 lbs!) In fact, it was also reported that 2 of the 5 women actually became pregnant DURING the study despite previous infertility issues. ASTOUNDING!! In conjunction with a low-carb, high fat ketogenic diet (LCKD) and regular exercise, Pruvit’s exogenous ketones as part of the Ketone Operating System put the body in ketosis in under 59 minutes to reap the benefits even quicker (see link below)!

If you are also interested in listening to stories from other women with PCOS and their success with the ketogenic diet, tune into KetoKarma’s Youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3yzxCrpGXY.

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Can’t Commit to the Keto Diet Yet?

Do you have a spouse that’s skeptical about you taking their spaghetti and garlic bread out of their weekly meal plan? A child that is in a routine of cereal for breakfast and a PB&J sandwich for lunch? A friend that laughs when you even mention the possibility that carbs can be removed from your diet and have BENEFIT? I’m sure that everyone has some doubt that this “ketogenic” phase will come and go like every other diet fad out there. Even with that skepticism, there’s still a first step that can be taken to increase the function of your body, even if you are currently consuming carbs. Putting your body into a state of ketosis is a MIRACULOUS thing.

A study conducted in 2014 discusses that “ketone metabolism by healthy tissue would likely mitigate some of the adverse side effects of standard of care as ketones have been shown to protect against oxidative stress” (Poff, Ari, Arnold, Seyfried and D’Agostino). This means to say that even though you may not limit your consumption of carbohydrates enough to keep your body in a state of ketosis, the consumption of supplemental exogenous ketones can help keep your body in such a state and still reap the benefits of the ketogenic diet. Triglyceride levels decrease, HDL (good cholesterol) levels increase, insulin resistance decreases and blood pressure decreases. For all of these things to take place without a single medication is ASTOUNDING!

Betahydroxybutyrate is a ketone ester naturally occurring in the body, but is not utilized well in a high-carb low-fat diet. Supplementation of this ketone ester has shown to be “a feasible and efficacious cancer therapy” for mice, and is in the process of being more thoroughly investigated for cancer treatment for humans (Poff et al., 2014). If this ketone ester can rid the body of CANCER, it has a lot more to offer than any other supplement out there. So if your spouse, child, or friend wants to optimize the function of their body, there’s no other way to go. This is it, ladies and gentlemen!

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Pruvit’s KETO//OS is the “first of its kind”, delivery ketone bodies by means of a simple drink. Containing betahydroxybutyrate and medium chain triglycerides (which help with fat oxidation) with ZERO SUGAR, this formula is a game changer. Dr. Dominic D’Agostino at the University of South Florida has given many presentations at workshops and conferences about how importance the presence of ketone bodies are in minimizing (and frequently eliminating) diabetes, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and cancer.

Even on the smaller scale, KETO//OS “contains a specifically engineered ratio of proprietary ketone mineral salts that provide a high-energy fuel compound without having to incorporate an energy-restricted diet”. This means that your neighbors, your classmates, your parents, your best friend’s cousin, and your significant other are ALL able to benefit from using such an incredible source of exogenous ketone bodies. If you are ready to make that change in YOUR life, or the life of a loved one, visit the following site to get more information on the opportunities that lie ahead.

Joyously,

Coral Jinright

  • cj1005.pruvitnow.com
  • Poff, A.m., C. Ari, P. Arnold, T.n. Seyfried, and D.p. D’agostino. “Ketone Supplementation Decreases Tumor Cell Viability and Prolongs Survival of Mice with Metastatic Cancer.” International Journal of Cancer Int. J. Cancer 135.7 (2014): 1711-720. Web.