A ketogenic diet has been shown to help control seizures caused by epilepsy, especially in the case of children, and appears to aid in the reversal of kidney disease related to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.Stem cell therapy for diabetes is one of the most sought after treatments at the National Stem Cell Institute. So it is no wonder that the physicians and nutritional counselors at NSI have found that the ketogenic diet is a natural partner to stem cell therapy in treating this disease. Studies are showing that a well-planned keto diet may also benefit people who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Parkinson’s disease, among others.
So, why is the ketogenic diet proving to be such a boon to health and a valuable addition to stem cell therapies?Let’s take a closer look at the basics: first for keto diet regimens and then for therapy using stem cells.
Ketogenic Diet Basics
Ketogenic is derived from the word “ketone.”Ketones are an energy source that the body can utilize. Ketone bodies are three water-soluble molecules that the liver produces. During a ketogenic diet, the ketone levels in the blood elevate. This is known as ketosis. The body’s cells can get energy from ketones, which are produced when fat levels in the blood are raised and blood sugar levels are lowered. Basically, the body turns fat into fuel instead of relying on carbohydrates. A ketogenic diet is designed to make this switch to fat burning happen. There are a number of variations on the ketogenic diet, but focusing on four basic versions will clarify things quite a bit.
The Standard Ketogenic Diet
The standard ketogenic diet is the one most people are familiar with.Its origins are rooted in the induction phase of the Atkins Plan. A standard keto diet is a straight forward plan. Intake of carbs is minimized so that no more than twenty to fifty grams of carbohydrates are eaten daily. The particular health needs of the person embarking on a keto lifestyle determines the appropriate carb intake within that gram range. In most cases, persons following a ketogenic diet feel that the standard keto diet is the one that fits them best.
The Targeted Ketogenic Diet
The targeted ketogenic diet is the most traditional keto program.Though the Atkins Plan may have put the standard keto diet in the spotlight, the targeted ketogenic diet is actually the most traditional keto program. In this case, the timing of carb intake is a factor. Proponents of the traditional plan consume carbohydrates about thirty to sixty minutes before their workouts. But what type of carbs is taken in matters, as well. Carbs that can be digested easily are the best choice. This will prevent stomach upset while working out. Carb choices that favor glucose content over high fructose is also an important element. Why? Fructose is a poor conductor for rapid glycogen restoration in muscle after exercise. Glucose does a much better job in restoring muscle glycogen after workouts.
When you consume glucose-based carbs prior to your exercise regimen, the body puts these carbohydrates to maximum use. During workouts, glucose-based carbs are burned entirely. This prevents any significant disruption of ketosis, a critical element of any ketogenic diet. For the targeted keto regimen, twenty-five to fifty grams of net carbs is recommended.
However, if the targeted diet practitioner prefers, less that twenty-five grams can be consumed. Timing of carb intake should be planned for thirty to sixty minutes before workout.
Your meal following your workout should be made of high-protein, low-fat foods.Dave, Professional Baseball Pitcher This may seem like a contradiction when taking on a ketogenic diet, which promotes healthy fats. But in the case of the targeted keto regimen, which is very workout-oriented, consuming food that is higher in fats –even healthy ones- after exercise interrupts nutrient absorption. High fat foods after a workout can also interfere with effective post-workout recovery for the muscles. All in all, it’s better avoid high-fat food following workouts. It is essential to understand that the targeted ketogenic diet should be followed only by people who have a high activity or workout level. If your own exercise routine is light to moderate, the traditional keto program won’t be very effective for healthy weight management.
3. Cyclic Ketogenic DietProfessional athletes and competitive amateurs often make the cyclic keto plan their choice. As with the targeted program, the cyclic ketogenic diet is most effective for people who practice high-intensity workouts. Professional athletes and competitive amateurs often make the cyclic keto plan their choice for an eating regimen related to healthy, high-intensity workouts. This ketogenic regimen is called cyclic because high carb eating is alternated with traditional keto dieting. Many people know this as “carb-loading”. The carb-loading phase of the cyclic ketogenic diet is generally practiced for twenty-four to forty-eight hours. The cyclic keto program’s non-loading period usually calls for about fifty grams of daily carbs. Then, during the twenty-four to forty-eight hours of carb loading, between 450 to 600 grams will be consumed. The reason many high-activity people and professional athletes prefer the cyclic keto regimen is that it maximizes fat loss while simultaneously building lean muscle mass.
The Restricted Ketogenic Diet
The restricted ketogenic diet is mostly used on a therapeutic basis.The restricted keto regimen is grounded in clinical studies that have shown that the metabolic state known as ketosis is a valuable element in the treatment of cancer. The restricted program limits daily carb intake from twenty to fifty grams, sometimes less. This creates a run-out of the body’s glycogen stores, and triggers the production of ketones. As stated above, ketone bodies are three water-soluble molecules that the liver produces. The liver converts fatty acids into ketones under particular circumstances. In the U.S. today, these circumstances are usually one of the following:
- During a prolonged period in which food intake is low
- When a carb-restricted diet is practiced
- During prolonged, high-intensity workouts
Researchers believe that a ketogenic diet produces a hostile environment for cancer cells.Researchers believe that a ketogenic diet, along with calorie restriction, produces a hostile environment for cancer cells. The restricted ketogenic diet may benefit cancer patients because cancer cells cannot consume ketones. With the right increase in ketones, cancer cells literally starve and die. A restricted ketogenic regimen starts with fasting for three to five days. During this time, only water is consumed. After the initial fast, food is re-introduced through a low-caloric keto diet. The goal is to reach a blood sugar level of fifty-five to sixty-five mgs per deciliter. A deciliter is approximately 3.4 ounces. The blood ketone level goal, meanwhile, is no less than 4.0 millimolars. Millmolar is a medical term that measures the concentration of a substance. In this case, ketones. That’s a lot of medical speak! For most laymen, it’s far easier to break it down this way: the majority of patients who use a restricted ketogenic diet plan as a part of their therapy need only know to keep carb consumption under twenty grams.
Stem Cell Therapy Basics
“Adipose-derived stem cells have opened up the field of regenerative medicine.”The use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in medical treatment has been established for many years now. But the type of MSC that is grounding this golden age of stem cell therapy development is the adipose stem cell. Like bone marrow MSCs, adipose stem cells are adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are MSCs that are produced by the body throughout life. But adipose-derived stem cells have opened up the field of regenerative medicine like no other adult stem cell source. Why? The three primary reasons are the adipose stem cells’ abundance, the ease of access to them, and their potency.
Regenerative medicine hits the trifecta.Adipose stem cells are stored within the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin. This layer of fat is known as adipose fat. It can be said that when it was discovered that this fatty layer was a store house for potent stem cells, regenerative medicine hit the trifecta. Adipose-derived stem cells are especially abundant, accessing them is very minimally invasive, and adipose stem cells are especially potent. Regardless of their source, stem cells are essentially packets of potential. They are multi-potent cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types needed by the body to repair itself. They are the keystones for bone, skin, blood vessels and elements, neurons, muscle, organs, cartilage, nerves, and more. The body’s ability to heal, re-grow, regenerate, and rejuvenate begins with stem cells. Prior to the development of adipose stem cell therapies, harvesting MSCs was more invasive by necessity. Adipose-derived stem cells, however, are easily harvested via a small sample taken from the patient’s own fat stores; usually from a thigh, buttock, or the abdomen. The sample need not be large because of the abundance of the cell population. Since this medical procedure is very minimally invasive, there is no need for general anesthesia or overnight hospital stays. In fact, all stem cell therapies practiced by the National Stem Cell Institute are done on an outpatient basis, completed in a few hours, and require no post-procedure recovery.
“The potency of adipose stem cells makes them highly effective.”But it is the potency of adipose stem cells that makes them so highly effective in treating an ever-growing list of injuries, illnesses, and chronic conditions. When the stem cells are used in a high-concentrate formula, they make an exceptional therapy that is both safe and effective. All stem cell therapies practiced at NSI are FDA guidelines-compliant. Because the stem cells used in NSI’s treatments are the patient’s own, there is virtually no risk of rejection. Because the procedures are minimally invasive, there is virtually no risk of infection.
Diabetes, The Ketogenic Diet & Stem Cell Therapy
“A ketogenic diet helps boost the impact of stem cell therapy for diabetes by preventing further spikes in blood sugar.”One of the most commonly treated diseases at NSI is diabetes. The use of stem cells in therapy aims to normalize blood sugar levels and heal the organ and tissue damage caused by diabetes, whether from type 1 or type 2. A ketogenic diet helps boost the impact of stem cell therapy for diabetes by preventing further spikes in blood sugar. A keto regimen also helps keep patients on track once therapy is complete, enhancing the “end goal” of treatment with stem cells. Many doctors feel the pairing of stem cell therapy with nutritional counseling on a keto plan is especially helpful for diabetics with early-stage kidney disease. The use of stem cells as therapy for diabetes is growing in the medical community. In type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin (the essential chemical that regulates levels of glucose in the blood), stem cells act to restore function to this essential gland. They regenerate fresh pancreatic tissue and heal damage. This, in turn, helps the body’s natural ability to regulate blood glucose. When a ketogenic diet is paired with stem cell therapy for type 1 diabetes, the patient can more effectively manage the disease. Type 2 diabetes differs from type 1 in that a resistance to insulin leads to wild fluctuations in blood glucose levels. Of particular threat to a type 2 diabetic are high blood glucose levels. Stem cells used as treatment for type 2 diabetes combat the disease by repairing damaged tissue, regulating the immune system, and improving the body’s ability to absorb and control blood glucose. Since a ketogenic diet reduces levels of glucose in the blood, it’s easy to see why NSI’s nutritionists advise diabetic patients to adopt a keto dietary regimen during and after stem cell therapy.
How The Ketogenic Diet & Stem Cells Help Treat Kidney DiseaseA great deal of clinical research supports what the National Stem Cell Institute is seeing in patients who are being treated for kidney disease related to diabetes. But stem cells act to repair damage to the kidneys regardless of the reason for that damage. NSI’s patients usually report positive results within a day or two. Pain is dramatically lessened and the severity of major symptoms is noticeably decreased.
“A ketogenic diet under the guidance of a qualified nutritionist can help maintain the results of the patient’s stem cell therapy.”NSI encourages their patients to adopt healthy lifestyles that boost the regenerative power of stem cell therapy. A ketogenic diet under the guidance of nutritionists is a natural and positive part of the equation, and can help maintain the results of the patient’s stem cell therapy. In some cases, kidney disease may even show signs of reversal as damage to the organ is repaired. And recent studies indicate that the genes related to kidney failure may actually switch off when a ketogenic diet is introduced. Many researchers believe that if an increase in ketones is maintained long enough the metabolizing of glucose will be blocked, allowing cells to recover from the damage caused by kidney disease. They also believe a ketogenic diet may promote stem cell replication and the replacement of damaged kidney cells.
Where To Learn MoreAdipose stem cell therapy is a fast-growing practice all over the United States. As the medical community continues to confirm more and more uses for this safe, ethical and highly effective treatment, the general public is becoming more aware of the value and success of this cutting edge regenerative medicine. Stem cell and other regenerative therapies at the National Stem Cell Institute are exclusively FDA guidelines-compliant. These safe, effective procedures offer significant relief from an ever-growing list of ailments, injuries, and chronic disorders. Treatments for diabetes and kidney disease through stem cells are among the most sought after by patients at NSI. But there are many more, from the physical to the neurological, including:
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Back Pain/Injury
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Joint Pain/Injury
- Kidney Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Spinal Cord Injury