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Ketone monoester drinks can keep your diabetes under check

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A recent research shares that a new food supplement known as ketone monoester drink may benefit pre-diabetes and diabetes patients.

Patients looking for a solution to keep their blood sugar under control can opt for such a diet pattern. Jonathan Little, one of the leading authors of the study and an Associate Professor at UBC Okanagan's School of and Exercise Sciences, says there is a lot of exciting factors to ketone drinks and supplements.

"These drinks have only been in the market and are available to the consumers for the last couple of years. As they are a recent addition, there is very little research on how they can influence metabolism and we're among the first to look at their use in non-athletes."

Little says that Type 2 diabetes is a disease whereby the body is unable to control the level of sugar in the blood because of defects in the functioning of a hormone called insulin.

"It's a disease that's becoming alarmingly common in Canada and approaching what many would consider epidemic levels," he says.

"While Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with medications or injectable insulin, many people are looking to options that don't require taking pills every day or that are less invasive."

Ketone supplements are proving fertile ground for research into Type 2 diabetes because, according to Little, ketones are the natural fuel source of the body when it's in ketosis--the metabolic byproduct of consuming a low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet.

"There is mounting evidence that a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet is very effective in controlling blood sugar and even reversing Type 2 diabetes," says Little.

"We wanted to know what would happen if artificial ketones were given to those with obesity and at risk for Type 2 diabetes but who haven't been dieting."

To test the idea, Little and his team asked 15 people to consume a ketone drink after fasting overnight. After 30 minutes, they were then asked to drink a fluid containing 75 grams of sugar while blood samples were taken.

"It turns out that the ketone drink seemed to launch participants into a sort of pseudo-ketogenic state where they were better able to control their blood sugar levels with no changes to their insulin," explains Little.

"It demonstrates that these supplements may have real potential as a valuable tool for those with Type 2 diabetes." The researcher is quick to point out that ketone supplements are not a magic bullet in managing the disease.

"There are a number of problems that we still have to work out, including the fact that we still don't know what the long-term effects of consuming ketones are," he says. "And not to mention that the drink itself tastes absolutely terrible."

"But for those that aren't able to follow a strict and challenging ketogenic diet or for those that are looking for a new way to control blood sugars, this may be another strategy in helping to manage Type 2 diabetes.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 11 2020. 17:40 IST
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