Diabetes and a Ketogenic Diet

Diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease that affects many Australians every year.

Join us while we explore the three different types of Diabetes, effective methods to prevent and manage diabetes and how a Ketogenic (low carbohydrate) diet can support people with diabetes to live healthy lives.

What is diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas is no longer able to make insulin or when the body is not making good use of the insulin the pancreas produces.

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas, which allows you to breakdown carbohydrates from your diet to produce energy, it also enables your body to store glucose for later use as energy. It also prevents your blood sugar levels from getting too low (hypoglycaemia) or too high (hyperglycaemia), by transporting sugar into the cells of your body.

There are three types of Diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes

This type of diabetes is usually caused by an auto-immune reaction. People with type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or young adults and people with type 1 diabetes produce little to no insulin naturally. Type 1 Diabetes requires daily insulin injections to control the levels of glucose in their blood.

Type 2 Diabetes

Approx. 90% of all cases of diabetes is Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetics is characterised by insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. Type 2 Diabetes can be diagnosed at any age and may remain undetected for many years. Type 2 Diabetes is often associated with people who are overweight or obese, and have metabolic syndrome, which in itself can cause insulin resistance and lead to high blood glucose levels.

As Type 2 Diabetics can still release insulin, they are able to treat and even reverse their condition by reseting their metabolism and balancing blood sugars through a low-carb or Ketogenic diet.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is a diabetic condition which can occur during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes develops in one in 25 pregnancies worldwide. Gestational Diabetes will usually disappear after pregnancy, however, women with Gestational Diabetes and their children are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Risk factors to look out for There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes. These include:

  • Overweight

  • Family history of diabetes

  • Unhealthy diet

  • Physical inactivity

  • High blood pressure

  • Age

  • History of Gestational Diabetes

  • Poor nutrition during pregnancy

  • Impaired glucose tolerance

  • Ethnicity

Complete the Australian Diabetic risk assessment tool to check your risk factor of diabetes. How to prevent diabetes

The good news is that type 2 diabetes is preventable. The two most common factors found in people who develop type 2 diabetes are: consumption of unhealthy food and an sedentary lifestyle. With regular activity and dietary changes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

Exercise daily

In today’s age of technology and sedentary workplaces, children and adults are becoming less active and living more sedentary lifestyles. There is a range of benefits from exercising just 30 mins a day, such as walking, swimming, running and research has shown that even small spurts of high intensity interval training are time-efficient exercise strategy to improve cardiorespiratory and metabolic health, without necessarily going to the gym. Daily exercise has many health benefits, not just in the prevention of diabetes, it can also assist in:

  • Improving digestion

  • Weight loss

  • Stabilizing mood

  • Reducing stress

  • Improving memory

  • Increasing productivity

  • Tapping into creativity

  • Improving your heart health

Choose a healthy diet However, a large component of contracting type 2 diabetes relates to a poor diet. A diet high in carbohydrates, sugary and processed foods, creates a strain on the pancreas (and our livers) which become overworked by the excessive processing of these carbohydrates into energy, any of the excess glucose which is not used for energy gets converted to fat in the liver and then stored around the body. The combination of excess fat build up in the liver and poor insulin sensitivity are directly linked to diabetes type 2. By eating a diet that is lower in processed carbohydrates and sugar, and instead focuses on consuming moderate proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats, you can prevent the symptoms which are linked to diabetes, and allow your body to thrive.

How to manage diabetes

The good news is that diabetes of all types is manageable. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can benefit from a Ketogenic diet, which focuses on removing sugar from the diet.

Having diabetes does not mean the end to eating good food. With a Ketogenic diet, you can live a full and healthy lifestyle, with delicious foods, while reaping the benefits of a ketogenic diet.

For more information about Diabetes, please visit www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

Ketosis, Ultra Lite and diabetes

A ketogenic is a safe diet for people with diabetes as it removes sugar from their diet.

Ultra Lite is a Clean Ketogenic diet, focusing on good fats and foods. Improving a diabetics diet will result in better health.

It is recommended that anyone completing the Ultra Lite program with type 1 diabetes should focus on eating low glycaemic index foods, including green vegetables and proteins only (no orange vegetables or fruit) this may provide quicker stabilisation of insulin levels. We also recommend all diabetics on a ketogenic weight loss program take a chromium supplement, 3 times a day.

To find out how the Ultra Lite weight loss programs can help start your journey to a healthier, happier you, find your nearest trained Practitioner to receive 1:1 support, supplements to support you on the program, meal plans, shopping lists, recipes and more.


“I had to ask my GP what this meant for my diabetes and he explained that I do not have it anymore and now after 15 weeks my sugars have not been over 4.5 when before I was around 13 with medication”.


In January 2019 I left the doctor’s surgery with another script to add to my collection as my blood pressure was too high. This in turn meant that I was now taking Metformin for type 2 diabetes (diagnosed 2017) , cholesterol medication and now blood pressure.

I was referred to Wendy Gallard through a friend as I really needed to change my habits and take control of my life as my list of health concerns were treatable if I did the right thing. Wendy gave me skills to not only lose weight but address my list of health concerns and in 7 weeks of starting the program I had been told by GP to stop taking all medications. I had to ask my GP what this meant for my diabetes and he explained that I do not have it anymore and now after 15

weeks my sugars have not been over 4.5 when before I was around 13 with medication.

“I had lost 22 kg after the first 10 weeks and after 16 weeks now I’m at my goal weight of 105kg. (27kg loss)”

(Credit: Ultra Lite Website and Practitioner Wendy Gallard)

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