Trying Keto With Online Support May Safely Reverse Diabetes: Study

February 12, 2018

The high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet is all the rage in the weight-loss world, and while dietitians disagree on whether it’s safe for everyone, new research suggests an extra component — telemedicine — may make it so for people with type 2 diabetes.

The study, published in February 2018 in Diabetes Therapy, found that participants who tried keto with online physician supervision through an app were able to lose weight, lower their average blood sugar levels, and reduce their type 2 diabetes medication by more than people who followed the traditional diabetes diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). They saw results in 10 weeks — and they were able to maintain the improvements after 12 months, study authors say.

“What the trial demonstrates [is that] not only can type 2 diabetes be rapidly reversed in 10 weeks but those results are sustainable in a year,” says Jim McCarter, MD, head of research for San Francisco, California-based Virta Health, a telemedicine company that sponsored the study.

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