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Is the keto diet good for those with type 2 diabetes? —Marianne Perry

Thank you for asking dLife, Marianne.

Keto (ketogenic) diets have become very popular recently. A keto diet typically limits carbs to less than 30 grams of net carb per day, although some plans specify less than 20 grams per day. This very low carb level is required to maintain ketosis, a state of having elevated ketones in the blood. Ketones are produced by your liver when insulin levels are very low. They can be used as a fuel source by most of your organs, including portions of the brain.

Although the keto diet can be very effective for controlling blood sugar, ketosis itself isn't necessary for blood sugar management. Many people find that they are able to achieve excellent blood sugar control consuming 30-60 grams of net carb daily.

If you are interested in trying the keto diet, it's important to speak with your doctor first, especially if you are taking insulin or other diabetes medication.

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.

Is the keto diet good for those with type 2 diabetes? —Marianne Perry
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