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Type 2 diabetes has a host of symptoms beyond the more commonly known symptoms, like weight gain and increased thirst. If you’re experiencing symptoms of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, reach out to your doctor. They can schedule some labs to see if your blood glucose is elevated.

Type 2 diabetes symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased thirst and dry mouth
  • Increased urination
  • Frequent vaginal or urinary infections
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased hunger
  • Neuropathy (numbness, tingling in feet and hands)
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
  • Weight gain

It is important to keep an eye out for symptoms of prediabetes so you can take action before it progresses to type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes symptoms include:

  • Feeling tired and hungry all the time
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Neuropathy (numbness, tingling in feet and hands)
  • Skin darkens in the neck, armpits, and skin folds
  • Developing many small skin tags
  • Weight gain, particularly around the waist

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed through a physician-supervised ketogenic nutritional intervention. You can learn more in my video series below:

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  1. Interestingly, the primary presenting symptom for me was unexplained weight loss. That’s an important symptom to not forget too.

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    1. I agree low carbs is good for controlling blood sugar. Fat does not spike blood sugar. So in the SHORT TERM this seems great. Let’s look at the LONG TERM . Fat in cells is a cause of INSULIN RESISTANCE. To reduce INSULIN RESISTANCE. The root of much type 2 Diabetes. Stop adding ANIMAL FAT. LONG TERM REDULTS are lower more sensitive INSULIN RESISTANCE . CHOLESTORAL LOWER so less HEART DISEASE. Studies show this.
      When fats are REDUCED not INCREASED equals less insulin resistance better CARDIOVASCULAR health. The body can with less insulin resistance now take MORE Carbs without sugar spikes. The LONG TERM approach to better Cardiovascular health and less insulin resistance and normal blood sugars. WHOLE FOODS ,LOW FAT, PLANT BASED DIET. Also eliminate SUGAR, OIL, SALT. Totally better health.

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      1. Virta Health

        We have some more resources on the science of insulin resistance here: https://blog.virtahealth.com/reversing-diabetes-101-truth-about-carbs-and-blood-sugar/

        Also, we emphasize that plant-based and low carb are not mutually exclusive. Here’s a guide we have on following a plant-based ketogenic diet: https://blog.virtahealth.com/vegan-vegetarian-low-carb-keto/

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      2. 3 years keto, recovery from diabetes and best cholesterol labs I’ve ever had

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      3. Wow, so much wrong in one comment. I’ll just bullet point them.

        – cause of insulin resistance: I haven’t seen a single study concerning fat and insulin resistance. I have seen studies showing long term elevated insulin causing cells to become resistant to insulin. Insulin works best in short bursts, with long intervals in between. Kind of like a beeping smoke detector. You become resistant to hearing it after hearing it beep every minute for a couple of weeks until you just no longer hear it.

        – so then what causes insulin to remain elevated for long periods of time? Eating carbs. This is proved in the ketogenic diet. Stop eating carbs. Replace them with ANIMAL FAT. SATURATED FATS. No vegetable oils, with few exceptions. Olive oil and coconut oil are two examples of healthy plant based fats.

        – when fats are increased and carbohydrates decreased, insulin resistance improves. By the way, I’m a walking testament to this. I brought my HBa1c from 11.8% to 5.8% in four months eating 75% fat 25% protein. Yep. No carbs in there at all.

        – eating high fat diet reduces cholesterol problems. Your body makes cholesterol. So something you are doing is causing it to increase. Mine is lowering. I eat No carb, high fat. It’s going down. With this logic even Dr Keyes would agree it’s not caused by fats. Oh wait HE DID! He mentioned how his “Diet heart hypothesis was pure crapola. Cherry picked data to prove what he thought. Not find the truth. And so much is based off the seven country study, and it was an invalid study. If you took the countries he left out because they didn’t work in his favor, then the opposite would have been proven. And we wouldn’t be a nation on the verge of more people having diabetes than them that don’t!

        – you Got one thing on your list, “eat less sugar”. It then you contradict that with “eat a plant based diet”. A plant based diet is going to be very restrictive if you aren’t eating sugar. Carbohydrates turn into sugar pretty darn quick. Eating nothing but wheat based products is going to keep your blood sugar raised for long periods of time. Which is now been proven that insulin at those elevated levels causes not only insulin resistance, but other health issues like plaque build up on arteries.

        – yes, eleminate oils. Just vegetable oils. Corn oil, canals oil, sun flower oil. Keep the olive oil flowing though. As long as it’s virgin oil. Coconut oil as well. Keep eating that one. The MCTs it offers will help with fat loss.

        – why less salt? Salt has not been shown to cause health problems. Not unless you are having extreme amounts of it. It was believed it was related to heart problems. But that belief wasn’t based on evidence. There was a correlation, but no causation. It was like saying that cell phones caused cancer because all of the cancer victims last year had used a cell phone during that year.

        Sorry Virta, I couldn’t help myself. If trolls like that go unchallenged then someone might read it and believe that crapola.

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        1. Excellent reply to an unfounded post Bob Johnson. Your results speak highly. Virta is spot on and so are you!

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    2. Same for my sister who was diagnosed only after a moderately serious stroke.

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  2. high fat, low carb, moderate protein reversed my pre-diabetes symptoms and is my new lifestyle. I’m never going back. I also feel much better overall – this diet reduce anxiety and depression, as well.

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