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

The dawn phenomenon, sometimes referred to as the “dawn effect,” has earned its name from the recurrence of elevated blood glucose (a.k.a. sugar) around the hours of waking, roughly between 4-8 AM. This is largely caused by hormone changes, and...

/ November 27, 2017

Paleo vs. Keto: What’s the Difference?

People may assume all low carb diets are equal in their nutrient contents and physiological benefits. This is far from the truth, and the resulting confusion has distracted us from fully understanding how best to apply carbohydrate-restriction to improve individual...

Tips and Recipes 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

Low Carb Guide to Understanding Nutrition Labels

Have you ever looked on the back of a food package, only to find ingredients you can’t pronounce and hidden sugars you didn’t expect? For success on your path to better health through a low carbohydrate, high fat nutrition plan,...

/ November 1, 2017

The Twenty Minute VC—An Interview with Sami Inkinen

One of the more interesting parts of working at Virta is that it requires unconventional thinking. Reversing a global health issue deemed chronic and irreversible like type 2 diabetes simply demands it. In this episode of The Twenty Minute VC,...

/ October 23, 2017

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Nutritional Ketosis

Admittedly, reversing diabetes is a rather bold goal. By way of contrast, the American Diabetes Association defines type 2 diabetes as a progressive disease whose course at best can be slowed by lifestyle change and medication. Based upon solid science—some...

Virta Survey Says: People with Diabetes Carry a Load of Worries

Type 2 diabetes is a national crisis — the numbers are staggering. In 2015, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) reported that about 29 million Americans had type 2 diabetes. An additional 84 million adult Americans had prediabetes, a condition that...

/ October 2, 2017

Increased Longevity —A Credible Benefit of Nutritional Ketosis?

There has been a consistent line of research over the last few decades linking long-term energy-restricted (i.e., calorie-restricted) diets to increased longevity in animal models like fruit flies, worms, and mice, but longer term studies in monkeys have yielded mixed...

Machine Learning in Healthcare

Will robots inherit the world of healthcare? Maybe. Probably, but not yet. And in the meantime, can’t we all just get along? We can more than just get along. While the field of digital health has seen a rise in...

/ September 12, 2017