Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Nutritional Ketosis

Virta is a science-based online specialty medical clinic using continuous remote monitoring and intensive coaching to help our patients reverse type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. A unique contributor to our success in this is harnessing and sustaining the metabolic benefits...

Sodium, Nutritional Ketosis, and Adrenal Function

If we can believe what we read on the internet, ‘adrenal fatigue’ is a common problem associated with low carbohydrate, paleo, and ketogenic diets. Typical symptoms attributed to diet-induced adrenal failure are fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and slow recovery after exercise....

From One Physician to Another: To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Start by Flipping the Pyramid

“Type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease,” I used to tell my Type 2 diabetes patients. The best I could do was encourage them to eat right and to exercise, while adding more and more prescriptions over the...

/ December 13, 2017

Protein on a Low Carb or Ketogenic Diet: The Basics

Dietary protein is necessary to maintain and preserve structures and functions of the body – muscles, heart, liver, and kidneys. Protein in the diet also has a profound impact on satiety, which means, if you’re eating it you’re going to...

/ December 11, 2017

To Fast or Not to Fast: What Are the Risks of Fasting?

Fasting in various forms is getting a lot of media attention.  Its advocates, with varying degrees of expertise and medical training, claim that it is an easy way to speed weight loss and get into ketosis, and that it is...

3 Reasons It’s Harder For People With Type 2 Diabetes To Lose Weight

Approximately 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.1 While obesity often contributes to the development of diabetes, the bigger driver of weight gain is the high insulin levels that are found well before the diagnosis of diabetes....

/ December 1, 2017

Reversing Diabetes 101: The Truth About Carbs, Blood Sugar and Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

You may have heard a lot about type 2 diabetes – but do you know what it actually does to your body? In this video series, we’ll explore the causes of type 2 diabetes and how to reverse it. How...

/ November 28, 2017

Dawn phenomenon: what is it, what causes it, and how do you fix it?

Are you noticing that your blood glucose is highest in the morning when you wake up and you haven’t even had anything to eat yet? Don’t worry! This is a very common effect known as the dawn phenomenon. Let’s take...

/ November 27, 2017

Paleo vs. Keto: What’s the Difference?

Peas in a Pod, or Beets vs. Broccoli There are a lot of similarities between Paleolithic (Paleo) and ketogenic diets (KD), particularly when compared to the now discredited ‘Standard American’ low fat, high carbohydrate diet. As a result, people may...

3 Tips for a Guilt-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of friendship, family and feasting. Every year, Americans sit down with their loved ones to share a meal of family favorites, but this feast can trigger physical discomfort as well as feelings of guilt and shame....

/ November 8, 2017

76% of People with Type 2 Diabetes Feel Shame Around Their Diagnosis. Here’s What We Can Do About It.

Over half (52%) of the adult population in the US is suffering from type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, and a new Virta survey shows that a staggering 76% of people with type 2 diabetes experience shame around their diagnosis. This National...

/ November 8, 2017