Could a Feeding Tube Diet Help Diabetics?

There's a new diet on the scene, and this one is unlike any other. It's called the "Feeding Tube" diet, also known as the "Ketogenic enteral Nutrition Diet (KE)". Studies show it may have some promise in treating diabetics.

What it Is

The KE diet uses a feeding tube that's inserted into the nose, down the esophagus and into the stomach. While on this diet, you don't eat. You're given powdered nutrients that are mixed with water. The nutrients drip into your body steadily through the tube to the tune of about 800 calories per day.
Sounds gross? Maybe, but it just might be crazy enough to work.

The Benefits

When being fed by tube, you don't eat. The only thing you're allowed to take by mouth is water, black coffee or tea.

The drip contains all the nutrients you need for a day-- 800 calories of dense nutrients. There's no carbohydrates and no sugars.

The Study

A study at the Medical Weight Loss Specialists in Fargo, North Dakota shows that the KE diet results in dramatic weight loss. Within 10 days, patients were losing over 6 percent of their body weight on average.

Since controlling weight is such a major factor in controlling diabetes, this could be useful. However, unless long-term lifestyle changes are put into effect, any weight lost while on the feeding tube can potentially come back.

Still, it’s another option—and it’s always good to have options.

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