Mastering Blood Sugar

Revolutionizing Type 2 Diabetes Care: A Conversation with Dr. Amy McKenzie

July 09, 2023 Dr. Brian Mowll Season 1 Episode 46
Mastering Blood Sugar
Revolutionizing Type 2 Diabetes Care: A Conversation with Dr. Amy McKenzie
Show Notes

Dr. Amy McKenzie discusses the work at Virta Health, an online specialty medical clinic that treats patients with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and pre-diabetes. Virta's treatment approach includes a ketogenic diet and technology-enabled continuous remote care. By using this approach, Virta Health has been able to help patients reduce or eliminate insulin and other oral medications. Clinical trials have significantly improved patients' insulin requirements and other medication reductions. Tune in as we chat about Virta Health's game-changing new model for optimal management when it comes to diabetes.

How the Ketogenic Diet Empowers Insulin Users to Slash Dependency


The ketogenic diet has gained significant attention recently for its potential benefits in managing various health conditions, including type 2 diabetes. One organization at the forefront of utilizing this diet for diabetes management is Virta Health. Virta Health is an online specialty medical clinic focusing on patients with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and pre-diabetes. Their treatment approach addresses the underlying principle of insulin resistance common to these conditions. The primary component of their protocol is a ketogenic diet or nutritional ketosis. This diet involves consuming ultra-low carbohydrate meals that force the body to rely on fat for energy instead of glucose.

Unleashing the Power of Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Diabetes Medication


Reducing medication for diabetes is a topic of great interest and importance in the field of healthcare. Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management to control blood sugar levels and prevent complications. Traditionally, medications have been a critical component of diabetes treatment, helping to lower blood sugar and manage the disease. However, there is growing evidence that reducing medication use, particularly insulin, can have significant benefits for patients with type 2 diabetes. The ketogenic diet has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and promote weight loss. By following this diet, patients can reduce their reliance on medications, including insulin, and improve blood sugar control.

Revolutionizing Diabetes Care: Introducing a Game-Changing New Model for Optimal Management

The Virta Health program uses a ketogenic diet, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduces insulin dependence in type 2 diabetes. By limiting carbohydrates, the body relies on fats for energy, improving insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control. The program offers continuous remote care and physician monitoring through an app-based system. It provides ongoing support, accountability, and treatment adjustments. Peer support is also available to connect patients and foster a sense of community.

Key Takeaways:

[04:49] A ketogenic diet reduces insulin use
[07:03] Reducing medications improves diabetes management
[13:50] Importance of weight loss in diabetes reversal
[19:03] Ketones have potential health benefits
[23:06] Health coaching improves diabetes management
[27:33] Improve patient outcomes through research
[33:14] Make research evidence freely accessible

Resources:

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amymckenzie5/
Virta Health: https://www.virtahealth.com/
Research: https://www.virtahealth.com/research

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