Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Reverse2, Ketogenic Diets, and how low-carb, low-protein and high healthy fat diets may help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
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Q: What types of people should and should NOT use Reverse2?
A: The Reverse2 Plan may be considered for most people with Type 2 Diabetes or anyone who would like to lose some weight with a highly aggressive Ketogenic diet.
Reverse2 is not for people with Type 1 Diabetes and may not be for late-stage Type 2 Diabetics who need daily Insulin injections or are prescribed a Sulfonylurea class medication.
Reverse2 is also not for pregnant or lactating women and may not be right for people with hypertension, congestive heart failure, kidney or liver failure.
We recommend consulting with your doctor about Reverse2 and showing your doctor our research pages.
Q: Should I stay on my Diabetes medication while following the Reverse 2 Plan?
A: Yes, at least initially. Make sure to monitor your blood glucose level and keytone levels each morning. Consult regularly with your doctor. Many people find that they can slowly reduce the amount of medications, but always do this under a doctor's supervision.
Q: How can I best monitor my ketone levels?
A: The least expensive method is by using Ketone urine test strips. While the strips are not very accurate you can at least get an indication of your body being in the state of ketosis. The actual exact level of ketone amounts is less important than knowing if you are producing any keytones vs. no keytones. The urine strips are adequate for this. If you want to know your exact keytone levels you can spend money on a much more expensive Keytone blood meter and testing strips.
Q: Is the Reverse2 plan guaranteed to provide results or approved by the FDA for treatment?
A: No. However if you look at the research and follow the Reverse2 plan on all levels, there is a good chance you could put your Type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes into remission. As with all meal-replacement powders and supplements, Reverse2 has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Reverse2 products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Q: Should I talk to my doctor before starting Reverse2?
A: We recommend consulting with your doctor about Reverse2 and showing your doctor our research pages to learn more about the latest opinions from other physicians on the latest data.
Q: Can I still drink alcohol while on the Reverse2 plan?
A: We highly recommend not consuming any alcohol for at least the first month or two on Reverse2 (and really, it's better to just to give up alcohol for good if you have any form of Diabetes or want to eventually correct Insulin Resistance). Even a "no carb" drink can cause problems with Ketosis. If you absolutely must consume alcohol, please take the time to read this entire article and remember to focus on the zero carb side of the scale. After your A1C drops below 6.5 you can probably afford to slowly work alcohol back into your diet if you absolutely can't live without it. We also recommend discussing this topic with your doctor.
Q: What is the difference between Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetes?
A: Here's a good article describing the differences between Type 1 and Type 2. If you have been diagnosed with any form of Diabetes or have been told that you have Prediabetes, it is absolutely critical that you fully understand the differences.
Q: What is Nutritional Ketosis (NK) vs. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)?
A: A common misunderstanding is that Nutritional Ketosis (NK) and Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) are the same. They are not. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is an extremely dangerous condition that generally only is possible if you are a Type 1 Diabetic. Nutritional Ketosis means that your body is "fat adapted" to burn fat as and energy source instead of sugar/glucose. Reverse2 is based on a Ketogenic diet and when followed correctly should help put your body into a state of Nutritional Ketosis. Please read this article for a full explanation.
Q: What is Insulin Resistance?
A: Insulin Resistance is likely the cause of most Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin Resistance is when cells in the body start ignoring the signal from a hormone called Insulin. A primary function of Insulin is to remove glucose out of the bloodstream and put it into our cells. All sugars, carbohydrates, and even proteins can get converted into glucose that then enters the blood stream. If our cells become resistant to Insulin, then blood glucose levels stay too high for too long causing many problems in the body.
Q: Is it bad for Type 2 Diabetics to consume a lot of protein?
A: Yes. We've always known that too much sugar or carbs can be bad but many of us assumed that it was OK to eat as much protein as you want. Sorry, it turns out that excess protein can also be converted to glucose in the body. Everyone is different in their levels of tolerance. But if you are not eating much sugar or carbs and still wondering why you're not in Ketosis or your blood glucose levels seem to be too high, it could be that you're eating too much protein.
Q: Can you point to some of the latest research on reversing Type 2 Diabetes, Keto diets and let me know which physicians and scientists are leading the field in Type 2 reversal research?
A: Take a look at our Research section. We'll make sure to always keep it updated with the latest research.