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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

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Dr. Colletti

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to provide qualitative data in a practical format offering insight to the benefits of recommending a ketogenic diet (KD) to patients with DMII.

Method: A review of the literature was conducted with search terms diabetes mellitus and ketogenic, diabetes mellitus and low carbohydrate and diabetes mellitus, ketogenic and treatment and ketogenic market.

Results: The literature supports encouraging a ketogenic diet for patients with DMII.

Conclusion: Diabetes mellitus is a public health crisis that burdens the United States health care system in terms of cost and resources. Management strategies that mitigate the risks of comorbidities associated with DMII will result in optimal patient outcomes. The recommendation of a KD can improve insulin sensitivity in the patient with DMII. A diet low in carbohydrates and high in fatty acids will result in and possibly exacerbate hyperlipidemia and should be considered by the managing clinician.

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