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Virta Health visionary behind diabetes ‘cure’ of the future

Sami Inkinen

By Marika Sboros

For diabetes treatment of the future, look no further than Virta Health. The US start-up is an online specialty medical clinic with a brilliant app for type 2 diabetics. It is on track to achieve a holy grail: a diabetes ‘cure’ without drugs or surgery.

It’s  the closest that modern medicine comes to a ‘cure’ for the global epidemic.

Virta Health‘s ‘cure’ is safe, sustainable, cheap and accessible. Virta is about to publish research on its method that looks set to be a game-changer. It’s the largest and longest trial using the ketogenic (very low-carb, high-fat) diet to treat type 2 diabetes.

The visionary founder behind Virta is its 41-year-old Finnish-born CEO, Sami Inkinen. He’s a data-driven technology entrepreneur and multi-millionaire philanthropist. His co-founders are the ‘fathers’ of ketogenic diets: Prof Stephen Phinney and Prof Jeff Volek. I call them the ‘kings of ketosis’.

Yet ketogenic diets are still controversial, despite significant and growing anecdotal evidence. Many doctors and dietitians still believe that ketogenic diets will be killers rather than saviours of diabetics.



Think you can outrun a bad diet? Fat chance!

MAN RUN EXERCISEBy Marika Sboros

Many doctors and dietitians still want you to believe that obesity is from gluttony and sloth. In other words, all you have to do to lose weight is eat less and move more.

Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung says that’s a recipe for starvation. Fung joins growing numbers of doctors and scientists who say you really can’t outrun a bad diet. They aren’t saying exercise isn’t important. It is – for stamina, toning and cardiac fitness. It just isn’t an effective weight loss tool.

Here’s what three world authorities say on the topic.  It starts with their message about exercise and weight loss in an editorial in the BJSM  (British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) in 2015. It has become a little lost in translation …



Federer: low-carb champion in ‘Banting’ court?

There’s good reason that Swiss champion Roger Federer is a phenomenon on and off court. From a brat who used to throw his racket around every time he lost a match as a child, he has matured into a sporting superstar.

He has evolved into an elegant, graceful, hard-working tennis professional. His diet will be just one factor. It’s not all healthy and Federer is known to have a sweet tooth.

But when he prepares for competition, you can bet that he goes for optimum fuel from foods.

Yet pundits were quick to write Federer off a just few short years ago. Boy, did they get that wrong!