How Does Keto Diet Impact Blood Sugar?

To understand how the keto diet plays a role in blood sugar, it’s important to understand how your body uses carbohydrates. When you eat carbs, they are broken down into simple sugars that enter the blood stream, which causes blood sugar to rise. In someone who isn’t diabetic, the pancreas releases more insulin to help the glucose in your blood center cells where it’s then used for fuel.

People with type 2 diabetes, however, have impaired insulin release and a resistance to the insulin once it gets into the blood, Dr. Phinney explained, which can lead to higher blood sugar levels.

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