Dr. Sarah Hallberg on diabetic neuropathy and a ketogenic diet

Dr. Sarah Hallberg on diabetic neuropathy and a ketogenic diet

July 29, 2019 2 By William Morgan


– Here’s one that I
have been seeing a lot.
Will a ketogenic diet alleviate
neuropathy in the feet?
So maybe we can talk about progression
versus reversing versus–
– Yeah, absolutely.
So I will tell you there
is no research done
that shows that we can reverse neuropathy,
diabetic neuropathy,
with a ketogenic diet.
Our real goal for people is to take away
what was causing it to progress.
In other words halt
the continued worsening
of diabetic neuropathy.
That being said, until we
get research that can give us
a much more clear answer in this area,
we can definitely tell
you of many patients
that we have had who have
had significant improvements
in their neuropathy.
I know, Brit, that you
have your favorite story,
that really like brought
you some warm and fuzzies
with a particular patient on this.
– Well my favorite story is at the beach,
when a patient shared with
me that she could not feel
the ocean for, I think
the last like decade,
and then one day she went
and she felt the water
on her feet again, and I just,
I mean I cried right then and there.
So it happens, but–
– It happens, but again, we
like to make sure, again,
one of the principles here
at Virta is that we’re
a science based company.
And since this is an area where
science is really lacking,
we would never tell
anyone, hey, if you start
a ketogenic diet your
neuropathy will get better.
Because we just aren’t
sure of that right now.
Our main goals here are certainly
to keep it from getting worse.