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Dr Andi: Type 1 Diabetes & Ketogenic diet, The Best Time to Take Ketones, Signal//OS

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This article will clarify a few hot topics. When to drink Ketones (KetoNat), the Keto Diet and Type 1 Diabetes, and How Signal//OS can help improve sleep. Check out our other blogs to learn more about how ketones can optimize your life.

Dr Andi Campitelli has been a Naturopathic Doctor for 15 years and is one of the foremost natural health experts on keto and a massive Pruvit fan… she does “Live Videos” each week answering questions about everything Ketone related…how to maximize your experience, troubleshooting, and how to feel your best.

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Why Signal OS PM make you sleepy?

Why would that sort of make you sleepy or make you tired, and the Signal//OS PM is actually designed specifically to help you sleep. It’s a very calming formulation that has some things like 5HTP, which is something that I give to my patients who have anxiety, for example, somebody who’s not sleeping, because their mind is racing, it’s a very calming neurotransmitter which calms the mind and nervous system down. The actual formulation of the Signal//OS PM is designed to help ease you into sleep, I wouldn’t take signal OS pm in the morning if you’ve run out of the other because it will make you tired. It will calm your nervous system down. That’s the whole intention is to help you sleep. And we know that sleep is essential for recovery and repair. And the intention behind Signal//OS PM is to help you sleep. 

Type one diabetes and the ketogenic diet

Type 1 Diabetes and being in ketosis…that’s a great topic.  We’ve had a lot of questions about diabetics, taking exogenous ketones and following a ketogenic diet. The interesting thing about the research about type 1 diabetes is that the researchers found and great presentations by academies about this topic that exogenous ketones are actually more effective for type one diabetics than a ketogenic diet and that these individuals can struggle to get into a ketogenic diet. 

Can a type one diabetic, follow a ketogenic diet or take exogenous ketones? Yes, you can. I have quite a few patients who do, and some type 1 diabetics are also fasting as well. But you have to make sure that you are a controlled diabetic because there is always a concern for diabetic ketoacidosis. That’s not possible if you have insulin in your system. And obviously, as a type one diabetic, you’re not making insulin. So, if anybody is an uncontrolled diabetic, then absolutely no, that is not an option for you. But if you’re controlled, that means you’re taking insulin regularly. A lot of people use the continuous insulin system, which releases insulin continuously into their system.  If you’re a controlled diabetic, you monitor your blood glucose levels, and your blood ketone levels, as they are equally serious…then yes, it’s an option. And it has been shown to be quite beneficial. And for type 2 diabetics, the same thing. You need to work with somebody who is knowledgeable in the ketogenic diet, and you have to make sure that you’re a controlled diabetic; those are really the most important things. Always work with your healthcare provider, but there is some great research in that space.

What’s the best time to take ketones?

What’s the best time to take ketones? It depends on what it is that you’re trying to achieve. But usually, the best time to take it is first thing in the morning. I encourage a lot of intermittent fasting with my patients first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  This is a great time to take it. But, often people like to take it as a pre-workout fuel, and it is really effective in that application, 30 to 60 minutes prior to a workout as well. So it depends on the outcome, but again if you’re new and you just to know the most basic way, then take it in the morning on an empty stomach. If it causes digestive issues or anything like that when you first start then it’s no problem to have a little bit of food with it.  I encourage a higher fat meal or even some avocado, or something like that, but yes you can still take it with food if needed but usually first thing in the morning.

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