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Two of our co-founders, Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek, worked with The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center to convene a group of esteemed scientists and researchers to discuss recent progress in the science of low carbohydrate nutrition. This symposium was hosted by the OSU Food Innovation Center and the video recordings were sponsored by Virta Health.

Gary Taubes gave an insightful talk at the conference on the quality of calories. Taubes is a science and health journalist who has authored several books, including The Case Against Sugar (2016), Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (2010), Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion (1993), and Nobel Dreams (1987). Gary Taubes is also the co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative.

Watch Gary Taubes’ presentation here:

You can find all of the conference videos here and at the Food Innovation Center.

Speakers at the conference discussed basic molecular functions of ketones as signaling molecules and fuel, practical treatment strategies for diabetes, cancer, metabolic, heart, and brain disorders, public policy and healthcare guidelines that stand in the way of adopting ketogenic treatments, the practical role of nutritional ketosis in sports, and more.

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  1. I really wanted to try Virta, but it was cost-prohibitive. I wanted to be able to eliminate my diabetes meds. Even on our tight budget I was going to make hard choices to be able to afford Virta. One of the problems is I have really good health insurance. All my maintenance drugs are free. And since I’ve had an artificial heart valve installed (metal) I have to be on Coumadin the rest of my life. I’ve had a chat with my GP and we agree that my Coumadin levels are first priority. And since my A1C hovers at 6.6, I don’t even test at home! So my diabetes costs are 3-4 visits to my doctor a year. I’d be interested to know how you can cure diabetes if the cost is so high? I can’t be the only one in this predicament?!

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    1. Virta Health

      We completely understand that the cost is high for people paying out-of-pocket, and we’re working hard to eventually make Virta available to everyone through insurance. Most of our existing patients come in through their employer-sponsored health plans, and for these patients, Virta is free and a fully-covered benefit.

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    2. Fortunately, you don’t need anyone to do a low-carb diet to reverse your T2Diabetes, you can do it on your own as most people do. There is so much solid information online and thousands of people to connect with who are doing it that there’s really no down side. All the best.

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      1. Virta Health

        Because carbohydrate restriction can lead to rapid decreases in blood sugar and blood pressure, Virta strongly recommends getting medical supervision before making any dietary changes if you are on medications for blood sugar or blood pressure. A physician can help you safely reduce your medications so that they don’t drive your blood sugar or blood pressure too low. Hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hypotensive (low blood pressure) episodes can be very dangerous.

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  2. Most comedians have a joke or two about needing to eat low carb to lose weight. Pod Save America ask the question “How many carbs to eat and still lose weight?” The answer was “EAT THEM ALL”, because they taste so good! Just wear spandex.

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  3. There are folk who only thrive with lots of ‘step by step’ external guidance, and who are compliance-motivated. – These are the natural clients of VIRTA.
    But some of us crusty old fogeys are too ‘ornery to follow suggestions, no matter how good they are, and prefer to do it themselves.
    Virta is hiding nothing, it’s your choice whether you pay them for distilling the information, or do the hours in front of your monitor . . . for the same result. “Cost” is similar, only the currency differs. The world is big enough to accommodate both approaches !

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  4. I read Jimmy Moore’s book, Keto Clarity, and that helped me a lot, especially the troubleshooting ideas which can cause you to want to stop the diet. I still have trouble now and then, for example, I took a friend to high tea for her birthday and ate everything set before me, tiny little morsels of mainly carbs. I gained 3 lbs. overnight. There is no way I ate that many calories, and I know it is a lot of water gain, but now I must double-down and work hard again. I didn’t even measure my blood sugar because I knew it would be sky-high. Sure enough, on my walk back home last night, I was practically staggering. Won’t do that again. It is too scary. I love being healthier. Sugar and starch just seem to be my poisons. This is real science, with real results, and I hope one day it will get through to more people. Virta keeps it in the headlines.

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  5. A program like this is much more than just the difference in how the information is acquired. Virta is a concentration of all the things you need to be successful, including a informed physician, a dedicated health coach, nutritionist, and researchers that are putting cutting edge interfaces in the lives of everyday people. Some individuals can be successful with seeking out these things separately, but that’s not how most people will see progress.

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  6. Read Dr Jason Fung’s book ‘The Diabetes Code’

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