Healthcare professionals are turning to low carb and ketogenic diets as therapeutic tools that can address the root causes of today’s lifestyle disease epidemics and help reverse the damage of harmful, ultra processed diets.
Dietary changes and trends in overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity among adults aged 20-74 years: United States, 1960-2008
The Value of Glucose & Ketone Testing
Integrating glucose and ketone testing into your practice can help you improve patient outcomes by monitoring health data in real-time using our app connectivity to your electronic health record platform (EHR).
Here’s what you need to know about the value of glucose and ketone testing.
For the Patient
How do patients benefit from glucose and ketone testing?
- Accountability: Patients receive instant, real-time feedback on how their
dietary decisions affect their health, leading to greater compliance.
- Better results with less risk: Remote monitoring of blood glucose is shown to significantly reduce HbA1c and reduce the risk of adverse incidents compared to conventional management.(3)
- Reduced medication burden and lower costs for patients: A landmark two-year clinical trial found remote monitoring paired with the ketogenic diet resulted in an 81% average decrease in insulin dosage and discontinuation of 67% of all diabetes-specific prescriptions, including most insulins and all sulfonylureas.(4)
For the Practitioner
How can practitioners benefit from integrating glucose and ketone testing?
- Dramatically better patient outcomes: In the two-year Virta clinical trial of
remote patient monitoring and ketogenic diet, 53.5% of participants
achieved reversal of type 2 diabetes and 17.6% achieved partial or complete
- Excellent patient retention and long-term adherence to treatment: After 2 years, 74% of patients in the Virta trial remained enrolled and compliant with the ketogenic diet and remote monitoring.(4)
- Safety: Testing allows visibility of unsafe glucose levels and enables opportunities for intervention when dangerously high or low levels occur, ensuring you do no harm.
- Economic viability: The time and effort you invest as a provider in managing chronic conditions is now recognized by Medicare and insurance providers for the value it brings to patient health outcomes with CPT codes and billing integration available for remote patient monitoring.
- Scalability: Our powerful practitioner interface allows efficient, real-time review of patients every day, enabling you to scale your practice and help as many patients as possible.
How might society benefit from low-carb nutrition and remote health monitoring?
- Lowering the high healthcare expenses associated with diabetes: Patients with type 2 diabetes incur about 2.3 times greater annual medical expenses than persons without diabetes. One in four healthcare dollars today are spent on individuals with diabetes, even though 1 in 10 people has diabetes in the US.(5)
- Reversing the trend of rising medical and job-related costs from obesity: Per capita medical spending for obese individuals is up to 150% higher for obese individuals compared to normal-weight individuals. Obesity also affects work attendance and productivity, resulting in at least $6.4 billion lost annually in the US.(6)(7)
- Increasing life expectancy: A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes may reduce life span by about 8.5 years, while the life expectancy of a severely obese person is reduced by an estimated 5-20 years due to increased rates of disease and death, particularly from cardiovascular disease and cancer.(8) (9)
- Improving quality of life and lowering rates of other diseases: Low-carb nutrition and remote patient monitoring have the potential to increase health-related quality of life by reducing medication burden in type 2 diabetes, improving cardiovascular risk factors, treating refractory epileptic seizures, increasing fertility in PCOS patients, and preventing or slowing neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s dementia, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.(4) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15)
LowCarbUSA Founder and Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners (SMHP) President Doug Reynolds Talks about Keto-Mojo
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