15 Health Benefits of Low-Carb & Ketogenic Diets (I Love No. 9)

5. Manage Your Insulin with Low-Carb

What is insulin? Insulin is an important hormone which controls what your body does with glucose (store it or burn it).

When you are healthy, and your insulin is working properly, you do not experience spikes in your blood glucose levels or subsequent ‘sugar crashes.’

If however, you have insulin resistance, your cells do not properly read the messages that insulin is sending, which can result in blood sugar problems.

These problems may even take the form of type 2 diabetes.

In type 2 diabetes, your body cannot properly produce the right amount of insulin.

This leads to a vicious cycle since you now have an even harder time regulating your blood sugar.

But where does glucose come from?

This brings us back to carbohydrates. When you eat carbs, your body has to break them down. Carbs are composed of sugars, so they convert to glucose in your digestive system.

By eating fewer carbs, you are giving your body less glucose to process.

That is why a low-carb diet is so excellent for regulating insulin levels and controlling type 2 diabetes (30, 31, 32, 33, 34).

In fact, low-carb ketogenic diets are so effective at managing insulin levels that many people with diabetes who switch to low-carb can reduce their medications or even stop taking them altogether (35, 36).
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