Before the invention of insulin in the 1920's, ketogenic diets were the main treatment for type 1 diabetes (T1D). In 1923, Osler and McCrae in the Principles and Practice of Medicine recommended that a diabetic diet contain about 5% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 75% fat. The current guidelines call for higher carbohydrate and lower fat intake and this is problematic for adults and children with T1D. As a result of this higher carb intake, blood sugar spikes after meals, which requires a large dose of insulin to bring it down. These higher doses of insulin put T1D patients in danger of severe low blood sugar episodes (hypoglycemia). We call this the blood sugar roller coaster. Switching to a low-carb, fat-burning ketogenic diet stops the blood sugar spike/crash cycle, because when carbohydrate intake is reduced, basal blood sugars stay normal and steady, and less insulin is needed at mealtime. Smaller doses of insulin mean there is less danger of driving blood sugar too low. Coauthored with Dr. Keith Runyan, a physician who successfully treats his own T1D with a ketogenic diet (his average HbA1c is 5.0), The Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes provides practical information on:
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If you understand that diabetes is a disease of too much sugar in the blood, the American Diabetes Association recommendation of 60 grams of carbohydrate per meal, plus 2 snacks of 20 grams at right doesn't make much sense.
Dr. Runyan and I researched and wrote this book because the standard treatment for diabetes from the ADA makes it very difficult for those with Type 1 diabetes to control their blood sugars and avoid long term diabetic complications.
It IS possible for people with type 1 diabetes to control their blood sugars with success and avoid the complications of diabetes by making the switch to a ketogenic diet. As mentioned, Dr. Runyan is a type 1 diabetic. He shares his story about how he found the diet and his success in using it as his primary diabetes diet in the book, and I think it is particularly compelling to read. His blood sugars and HbA1c tests are normal, he rarely experiences hypoglycemia and he doesn't worry about future complications.
Many physicians are still unaware of the basics on how to implement a ketogenic diet for diabetics, despite the strong research which supports this treatment, and we feel that many people need help with basic questions on the process. While the implementation of a ketogenic treatment for diabetes should be monitored by a qualified and knowledgeable health professional, we offer this book to answer those questions. If your goal is to take control of your diabetes, lower your HbA1c and avoid future complications, this is the book to have. We think you will find it immensely valuable.
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Type 2 Diabetes eBook also available!
Did You Know?
Before the invention of insulin in the 1920's, the ketogenic diet was the main treatment for diabetes.
In 1923, Osler and McCrae in the Principles and Practice of Medicine recommended that a diabetic diet contain about 5% carb, 20% protein, and 75% fat.
The "Experts" MIGHT Be Waking Up..
"It is clear that we made a major mistake in recommending the increase of carbohydrates load to >40 % of the total caloric intake. This era should come to an end if we seriously want to reduce the obesity and diabetes epidemics.
Such a move may also improve diabetes control and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Unfortunately, many physicians and dietitians across the nation are still recommending high carbohydrates intake for patients with diabetes, a recommendation that may harm their patients more than benefit them."
~Osama Hamdy, M.D., Ph.D. Medical Director, Joslin Diabetes Center
But they are still recommending diabetics eat carbs..